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

Incident period: November 09, 2002 to November 12, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on November 13, 2002


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."

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 412 $1,880,461.20 $741,924.97 $1,138,536.23
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 05:07 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $3,202,892.95 $1,353,453.47 $1,716,011.76
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 06:45 (Updated daily)

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