Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding (DR-1441)

Incident period: November 9, 2002 to November 12, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on November 13, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

November 7, 2003
News Release
Atlanta, GA -- The tornadoes that ripped through 20 Tennessee counties a year ago this week triggered federal assistance that now adds up to $16,836,138. As Americans celebrate Veteran's Day this year, we remember the devastation that occurred at this time last year and realize we all must be ever vigilant. A summary of assistance shows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
December 20, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Federal and state disaster assistance to individuals, businesses and local governments in 22 disaster-stricken Tennessee counties totaled more than $12.1 million Friday, with more than 520 checks sent directly to individuals and families who qualified for the various assistance programs and who sustained losses. President Bush issued a major disaster declaration on Nov. 13, making federal disaster aid available to Tennessee as a result of the tornadoes and severe storms that struck across the state from November 9-12.
December 18, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Tennesseans rebuilding their homes after November's devastating tornadoes can make them safer, should other storms blow their way in the future. "Including a safe room as part of a rebuilding plan can offer extra protection for families caught in a tornado's path," said Gracia B. Szczech, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster recovery manager in Tennessee. "A safe room offers both physical and emotional protection, especially for families who have weathered a violent storm before."
December 17, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) remind Tennessee residents to complete and return their disaster loan applications, even if they don't intend to take a loan. The loan applications were distributed to some of those who registered for disaster assistance following the November tornadoes. The deadline to return disaster loan applications is January 13, 2003.
December 16, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Federal and state disaster assistance to individuals, businesses and local governments in 22 disaster-stricken Tennessee counties topped $8 million Monday, with more than 520 checks sent directly to individuals and families who qualified for the various assistance programs and who sustained losses. President Bush issued a major disaster declaration on Nov. 13, making federal disaster aid available to Tennessee as a result of the tornadoes and severe storms that struck across the state from November 9-12.
December 13, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Crisis counseling is now available to assist victims of the recent tornadoes and severe storms that struck several areas around Tennessee. Those needing assistance should call 1-800-809-9957. "Even if you are proud of your ability to deal with disaster, returning to the home where you've lived for a large part of your life and finding it ruined can be devastating," said John D. White Jr., state coordinating officer. "Under these circumstances there is no shame in seeking help, and we encourage people to do so."

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