Free Legal Hotline, Disaster Resources Now Available

A toll-free legal assistance line is now available for victims of recent storms and flooding in 10 counties that have been designated as federal disaster areas. Victims in Bradley, Claiborne, Cumberland, DeKalb, Hamilton, Jackson, McMinn, Monroe, Overton and Polk counties may call (888) 395-9297 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. central time Monday through Friday to request free legal assistance. Messages may be left at any time.The service is a partnership between the Tennessee Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division, the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Learn more about the hotline or access resources for helping storm victims.

In related news, FEMA has opened 10 disaster recovery centers in East Tennessee to help storm victims, and the state Department of Human Services has begun making emergency food stamps available for victims.