Tennessee Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1387)

Incident period: July 27, 2001 to August 22, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 15, 2001

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 6, 2001
News Release
Greeneville, TN -- The initial checks for housing assistance have been mailed to residents in the seven disaster-declared Tennessee counties who suffered flood damage during the period, July 27 through August 22, 2001.
September 4, 2001
News Release
Greeneville, TN -- State and federal disaster recovery officials advise Tennessee residents who have disaster-related damage to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. "Scam artists are often ready to seize an opportunity to capitalize on the misfortune of others," Gracia Szczech, the FEMA official in charge of long-term disaster recovery. "In the wake of disasters, dishonest contractors often flock to an area to rip off those seeking to rebuild."
September 3, 2001
News Release
Greeneville, TN -- Teams of community relations specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and local communities are going door-to-door and talking with individuals who suffered damages from the recent flooding. "We rely on our community relations staff not only to get the word out but also to find out first hand what, if any, problems the communities and individuals are facing," FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech said.
August 31, 2001
News Release
Greeneville, TN -- Individuals who have already applied for federal and state disaster assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) hotline - 1-800-462-9029 - can expect to be contacted and will be visited by a damage inspector to verify losses according to Gracia Szczech, the federal official in charge of disaster recovery. "The inspections help us determine the amount of damage experienced by an applicant and their eligibility, which allows us to assist them in the quickest and most efficient way possible," said Szczech.
August 30, 2001
News Release
Greeneville, TN -- In the aftermath of recent flooding from severe storms beginning July 27, disaster officials are reminding residents that they may purchase flood insurance coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
August 29, 2001
News Release
Greeneville, TN -- Individuals and families whose homes were damaged or destroyed as a result of the recent severe storms and flooding may be eligible for disaster housing assistance, according to Gracia Szczech, FEMA's federal coordinating officer. "Our top priority is to make sure that everyone is in safe, secure and livable housing," Szczech said. "The disaster housing program is designed to provide quick assistance to those whose homes were made unlivable because of the storms."

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