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Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding (DR-1464)

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Incident period: May 04, 2003 to May 30, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 08, 2003


August 20, 2003 - News Release

Atlanta, GA. -- Federal and state disaster officials have approved more than $90 million to help individuals and local governments recover from one of Tennessee's largest disasters. Several rounds of severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding deluged the state in May, resulting in a federal disaster declaration for 73 of Tennessee's 95 counties; prompting 13,573 individuals to apply for assistance.

July 17, 2003 - News Release

Nashville, TN -- The figures are remarkable. In the last quarter-century, more than 16,000 Tennesseans with flood insurance have received more than $37.5 million in loss payments. In the last fiscal year alone, FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid out 383 claims to state policyholders to the tune of $4.4 million. And now, water-logged residents with and without flood insurance are faced with an enormous new set of rebuilding and repairing costs after month-long May storms caused nearly $100 million in damage statewide.

July 10, 2003 - News Release

Nashville, TN -- Severe storms and flooding that pummeled the Volunteer state during much of May are also dealing a big blow to the pocketbooks of its residents and local governments. Federal and State disaster officials are still tallying the figures, but already the numbers show this disaster could be one of Tennessee's most costly.

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 5,956 $22,160,601.08 $9,065,299.34 $13,095,301.74
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 02:16 (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 $38,797,058.53 $16,607,328.23 $21,975,368.26
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 07:46 (Updated daily)

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