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 6, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Persons with qualified alien status, such as legal permanent residents, are eligible to apply for state and federal disaster assistance for damages sustained from this spring's tornadoes, severe storms and flooding. They may apply if they are in one of the 65 counties that were declared a disaster area by President Bush.
June 6, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Nearly $21 million in state and federal aid has been disbursed to Tennessee residents and businesses in the first month since May's onslaught of storms, tornadoes and flooding. Another $54 million has been requested to help local governments and agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today. A brief snapshot of disaster assistance in Tennessee:
June 5, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- A state of the art mobile disaster coordination vehicle has been deployed to Jackson to help residents who suffered losses in the tornadoes and storms of May. Jackson was one of the hardest-hit communities in the tornado swarm that swept through Tennessee. To date, 1,619 people have visited Jackson recovery centers for assistance, nearly two-thirds of the statewide total of 2,545.
June 4, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Disaster officials overseeing recovery efforts announced that a grant, submitted by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will finance a Crisis Counseling Program for residents in counties most severely impacted by May's tornadoes and floods. These short-term services, provided by FEMA as supplemental funds granted to state and local mental health agencies, are only available to eligible survivors in presidentially declared major disasters.
June 4, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- State and federal officials announce that the disaster recovery centers in Chattanooga and Murfreesboro will close Friday, June 6. A mobile recovery center will remain in Hamilton County at 1600 E. 23rd St., Chattanooga, (Bi-Lo parking lot) to meet the needs of those who suffered storm damage.
June 3, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Tennessee's disaster victims have 30 more days to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for state and federal assistance. June 8 marks the halfway point in the 60-day registration period. Registrations cannot be accepted after the July 7 deadline, but FEMA will continue to process all applications received before the deadline.

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