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 -- Teams of community relations specialists have been deployed to five more Tennessee disaster counties to deliver information about disaster assistance to businesses, homeowners and renters who suffered losses due to the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that hit the state in early May. The counties, declared eligible on May 30 for individual disaster assistance, are Anderson, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon, and Roane.
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.
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.
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 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made five new Tennessee counties eligible for individual assistance Friday and added another to the list of those entitled to public assistance. Residents of Anderson, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon and Roane counties were declared eligible for assistance to families and individuals. Bedford County, already declared for individual assistance, joined the ranks of those eligible for public assistance.
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.

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