Tennessee Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1634)

Incident period: April 2, 2006 to April 8, 2006
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 5, 2006

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 3, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Tornadoes blasted a swath of destruction across Tennessee in early April. In the paths of the tornadoes, families and businesses are struggling to rebuild, recover their lives and adjust to the loss of 35 persons who died during the outbreak.
May 3, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Disaster managers in Tennessee report that many applicants for assistance may be losing out on both low-interest disaster loans and additional federal grants because they are not returning their loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
May 2, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Emergency managers in Tennessee have announced the closing of five state-federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) during the first week of May. “Closing the recovery centers does not mean we are closing down registrations for disaster assistance,” said Marsha Cornish, deputy state coordinating officer for this disaster. “Tennesseans whose homes and businesses were damaged in the recent storms still have until June 5 to register with FEMA by phone or on the Internet.”
May 1, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. – With federal disaster assistance funds being distributed to parts of Tennessee, disaster management officials are urging recipients to be careful how they spend the money they receive. “There are specific limitations on the spending of these funds,” said Marsha Cornish, deputy state coordinator for the tornado disaster for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. “Disaster victims could be victimized again by dishonest people trying to take advantage of the situation.” Cornish said spending assistance funds often causes problems for survivors in a disaster.
April 28, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Free crisis counseling is available to Tennesseans who may be suffering stress, anxiety or depression as a result of the tornadoes and severe storms which hit the state earlier this month. Registration for FEMA disaster assistance is not required to benefit from this program.
April 27, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. ? A mobile disaster recovery center will make four additional stops during its last week in operation to assist residents who have applied for state and federal disaster aid following the tornadoes of April 2 and 7. "We want to make sure everyone who wants to meet with federal and state assistance workers gets the opportunity to do so," said Michael E. Bolch, the newly arrived official in charge of recovery operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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