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

April 24, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $711,755.12 to help Tennesseans recover from the deadly tornadoes and storms that struck the state earlier this month. As of Saturday morning, 1,380 people had registered with FEMA for financial grants, low-interest loans and other disaster-related services.
April 21, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. - While travel trailers may serve as temporary housing in some disasters, the hardest hit communities in Tennessee apparently have enough rental properties available to meet the needs of those displaced by the recent tornadoes and severe storms, according to state and federal officials. "Travel trailers are never our first choice for temporary housing," said Louis Friedmann, the state deputy coordinating officer for this disaster. ?For most families, apartments or rented houses are preferable to living in a travel trailer for months at a time."
April 21, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are relocating throughout disaster-declared areas in Tennessee to help victims with disaster assistance questions, according to state and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials.
April 21, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Residents of 15 Tennessee counties now are eli gible to claim income tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service if they suffered uninsured property losses in the recent tornadoes and severe storms. They can get the additional refund quickly by filing amended tax returns for 2004.
April 20, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Federal and state officials want to keep Tennessee tornado victims as close to their original neighborhoods as possible to help provide stability during recovery. Federal Emergency Management Agency Housing staff first looks for available rental properties near the affected communities to house disaster victims temporarily. Rentals could include houses, apartments or mobile homes already located in established commercial parks.
April 20, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Tennesseans who suffered losses in the recent tornadoes and who have registered for federal and state disaster assistance must have their damaged property inspected before they can receive financial assistance from the government. “The inspectors assess the amount of damage and forward that information to FEMA,” said Michael Karl, the official in charge of recovery operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “That’s a necessary first step in determining an applicant’s eligibility for home repair grants, rental assistance and other federal aid.”

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