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 4, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Red Kap Building in Wartburg will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 8. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily including Saturday and Sunday until the closure. Federal Coordinating Officer Nick Russo said, "The number of people coming to the recovery center has decreased significantly, a sign that the long-term recovery process is well underway."
December 2, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Federal and state disaster assistance to individuals and businesses in 20 disaster-stricken Tennessee counties topped $2.1 million Monday, with more than 360 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.
November 26, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Inspectors are now visiting people who have registered for assistance to recover from the tornadoes and severe storms that struck Tennessee from November 9-12. "The inspections help us establish the nature of the damages experienced by a disaster victim, which in turn allows us to make an eligibility determination and then quickly provide the assistance that is most appropriate to the individual's needs," said Gracia Szczech, federal coordinating officer.
November 25, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Federal and state disaster assistance to individuals and businesses in 20 disaster-stricken Tennessee counties topped $1.4 million Monday, with more than 300 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.
November 24, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- State and federal officials are advising residents of Tennessee's tornado disaster counties to use caution when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. "It's unfortunate, but disasters often bring scam artists into the area to take advantage of the situation," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. "Some scam artists claim to be 'FEMA certified.' The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) neither certifies nor endorses any private-sector contractor."
November 23, 2002
News Release
Nashville, TN -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) staffed with federal and state officials is returning to Morgan County to assist victims of the recent tornadoes and severe storms. The center will open Monday, November 25 and operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice - except for Thanksgiving, when the center will be closed. The Coffee County DRC scheduled for Nov. 25-27 will also operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., a change from a previous announcement. The centers will be located at:

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