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 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.
June 2, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- State and federal disaster officials today advised Tennessee disaster applicants that filling out a U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application is a required step in obtaining some forms of disaster aid. Many of the people who call the toll-free number -- 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) -- and apply for assistance will receive an SBA loan application within seven to ten days of making the call. Speech or hearing impaired applicants should call (TDD) 1-800-462-7585.
June 2, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- With more than 6,000 checks distributed to disaster victims in Tennessee, state and federal emergency officials are urging recipients to handle the money with caution and confine spending to disaster-related losses. Michael E. Bolch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the official in charge of federal recovery operations, said experience has shown that in every disaster careless handling of assistance checks causes some people problems.
May 31, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Mobile disaster recovery vehicles will make a series of stops in five counties beginning June 2 to allow residents who suffered losses in the severe storms of May to get disaster assistance information and learn the status of their requests for aid. Here is the schedule: June 2 -- Lawrence County at the Lawrenceburg city administration building parking lot, 233 W. Gaines Street, Lawrenceburg.. June 2-3 - Hamilton County at the East Ridge City Hall south parking lot, 1517 Tombras Ave., Chattanooga.
May 30, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Three weeks and a day after President Bush issued a major disaster declaration for Tennessee, state and federal financial assistance to help individuals, families and businesses recover from losses suffered in the floods and tornadoes of May exceeds $14.1 million. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received more than 9,000 applications for aid and 5,933 checks have been issued to eligible storm victims.
May 30, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Tennessee storm victims who have settled with their insurance companies for losses suffered in May's storms still should register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), officials said Friday. "We've seen cases where unexpected losses appear after insurance claims are paid," said Michael E. Bolch of FEMA, the official heading up federal recovery operations. "Registering provides a safeguard against such unpleasant surprises by establishing a right to seek assistance."

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