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

December 12, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- One month remains for Tennessee residents and business owners to apply for disaster assistance. The application deadline is January 13. State and federal assistance is available to individuals, households, and businesses for damage caused by severe storms and tornadoes that occurred between November 9-12 in 20 counties.
December 11, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a toll-free number that residents of Tennessee can call to get information about disaster assistance and the status of their application. The FEMA HELPLINE number is 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). Those with speech or hearing impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The HELPLINE is in operation Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., local time.
December 10, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- The tornadoes and storms damaged or destroyed your home. You registered with the Red Cross and even reported damage to a local emergency manager. However, there is one additional step disaster victims must take to gain access to assistance programs coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA).
December 9, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Federal and state disaster assistance to individuals, businesses and local governments in 22 disaster-stricken Tennessee counties topped $4.2 million Monday, with more than 430 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 6, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- People unable to work because of the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred in Tennessee from November 9-12 may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Self-employed and unemployed workers who live or work in the designated disaster areas and are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may be eligible for this assistance under the disaster declaration issued by President Bush on November 13. DUA covers those who:
December 5, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced the process through which people can appeal the type of disaster housing assistance they have received, or the amount provided. This includes individuals who have insurance, but at a level insufficient to cover all disaster damages.

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