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

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."
May 29, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- State and local governments and private nonprofit agencies in 51 declared Tennessee counties are seeking more than $54 million in federal assistance to help them recover from the costly damage caused by May's severe storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently processing applications from state and local government agencies and eligible nonprofit organizations under its Public Assistance program, which helps pay to restore essential public facilities and services following a declared disaster.
May 29, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging renters and property owners in Tennessee, where more than two-thirds of the counties have been declared disaster areas, to purchase flood insurance for their homes. "Buying flood insurance is one of the most important things people can do to protect their homes, businesses and possessions from a future disaster," said Michael Bolch, the official in charge of federal recovery operations in Tennessee. "We can't stop floods and storms, but we can prevent them ruining people financially."
May 28, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- If your home or business was damaged in the storm disaster that hit Tennessee in May the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests things to do in rebuilding to minimize damage in a future storm.
May 27, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Two mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will set up in Madison County on May 28 and 29 to extend outreach efforts to residents who suffered losses in the devastating storms earlier in the month. Since the disaster began, 1,540 individuals have visited six statewide DRCs for information and assistance, nearly 1,000 from Madison County alone.
May 27, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Tennesseans who are repairing or rebuilding homes and businesses following May's tornadoes and floods will be offered ideas for making them more disaster resistant at a series of workshops in Jackson, Chattanooga and Murfreesboro. Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) will host six hazard mitigation workshops in The Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse stores between June 1 and July 12.

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