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

Incident period: May 4, 2003 to May 30, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 8, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 13, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Nearly $27 million in state and federal aid has been disbursed to Tennessee residents and businesses since May's onslaught of storms, tornadoes and flooding was declared a federal disaster. Another $54 million has been requested to help local governments and agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today. Disaster assistance in Tennessee includes these totals:
June 13, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the mobile disaster recovery center serving the Chattanooga area will close down at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, the. Until its closing, the center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but closed on Sunday. Recovery officials said that residents with disaster-related questions can continue to get information by calling the Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For people with hearing or speech impairment, the number is 1-800-462-7585.
June 10, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made four more Tennessee counties eligible for individual assistance today and added five to the list of those entitled to public assistance. Residents of Blount, Cocke, Jefferson and Sevier counties were declared eligible for assistance to families and individuals. Campbell, Macon, Morgan, Sumner and White counties were declared eligible for public assistance. Macon, Morgan and Sumner counties were already eligible for individual assistance. Cocke County was already eligible for public assistance.
June 10, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- A series of deadlines to apply for disaster unemployment insurance are fast approaching, state and federal recover officials said today. Self-employed and unemployed workers not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may apply for this federally funded assistance. Disaster unemployment assistance is different from regular unemployment insurance. It applies to those who:
June 7, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Residents of Lookout Mountain became eligible today for an increased range of state and federal assistance when the town was reinstated in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The town suffered flooding damage during May's storms, but its residents were ineligible for many forms of help because in 1986 the town had opted out of the program. Floodplain maps were first prepared for Lookout Mountain that year.
June 6, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Floods cause a billion dollars worth of damage each year in the United States, and federal, state and local governments do all they can to reduce the hazards and the damage. They build dams, levees, and floodwalls, dredge channels, remove debris, and provide funding and incentives to clear floodplains.

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