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 22, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- As the federal-state disaster recovery effort continues to serve Tennessee's storm survivors, mobile disaster recovery centers will open in Maury and Bedford counties this weekend to serve survivors of the surrounding areas who have applied for assistance. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will staff the mobile centers.
May 22, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Residents in the 46 Tennessee counties designated as eligible for individual federal disaster assistance may be eligible for compensation if they lost income as a direct result of the violent weather, even if self-employed. Federal disaster assistance extends income compensation to anyone in the declared counties who have lost income because of the disaster, including farm or self-employed workers or others who are normally ineligible for state unemployment benefits for whatever reason.
May 21, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- A mobile disaster recovery center will be established in Chattanooga Monday and Tuesday (May 26, 27) to provide help to residents who suffered losses in the severe storms of May. The mobile recovery center will locate at 1600 E. 23rd Street in the parking lot of a Bi-Lo supermarket. The hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 21, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- In the two weeks since President Bush first issued a disaster declaration for Tennessee's storm victims, ninety-two percent of $8.2 million in state and federal disaster assistance approved so far has been delivered, officials said Wednesday. "We've streamlined the process to speed critically needed assistance to the declared counties and this is evidence that it has worked," said Michael Bolch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the official in charge of federal recovery operations.
May 21, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- A mobile disaster recovery center will make a series of stops in the towns of Dayton, Benton and Kimball on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 23, 24 and 25) to allow residents who suffered losses in the severe storms of May to get disaster assistance information and learn the status of their applications for aid.
May 21, 2003
News Release
Nashville, TN -- Tennessee's storm disaster victims were told Wednesday that applying for federal and state assistance would not affect their private homeowner insurance policies. "We need to stop that rumor in its tracks," said Michael Bolch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the official in charge of federal recovery operations. "Homeowners insurance and federal assistance are not connected."

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