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 12, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency Wednesday made three Tennessee tornado disaster counties eligible for public assistance, the program that reimburses state and local governments for extraordinary spending made necessary by the tornados and severe storms of April 2. The designated counties are Dyer, Gibson and Fayette. Dyer and Gibson previously were declared eligible for individual assistance, the program that gives financial aid to individuals and families.
April 12, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, TENN. -- The first step toward recovery is as close as the phone for West Tennesseans who suffered losses in the April 2 tornadoes. Federal Emergency Management Agency and state officials urge residents in Dyer and Gibson counties with damage from the storms to call and register for assistance as soon as possible. "Registration is the essential part of recovery," said Michael Karl, the official in charge of recovery operations for FEMA. "It's an easy process that should take only about fifteen minutes."
April 12, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, TENN. - A mobile disaster recovery center will make a one-day visit to Rutherford Friday to provide information and assistance to residents who have applied for state and federal disaster aid. The mobile unit will be staffed by disaster specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Help will be available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the fire department, 120 W. Main St.
April 12, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, TENN. -- State and federal officials are advising residents of Tennessee's tornado-damaged counties to be careful when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. "We know from experience that residents often get into disputes with repair services over the quality or cost of the work they have done," said Michael Karl of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the official in charge of federal recovery operations. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency offered the following suggestions to families that are rebuilding:
April 10, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, TENN. -- Tennesseans who suffered losses in the recent tornadoes and who have registered for federal and state disaster assistance can expect to have their damaged property inspected to verify losses. "The inspectors size up the amount of damage experienced by an applicant and help determine their eligibility for aid, said Michael Karl, the official in charge of recovery operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
April 10, 2006
News Release
JACKSON, TENN. -- Residents of Tennessee's tornado disaster counties are eligible to claim income tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if they suffered uninsured property losses in the tornadoes and severe storms of April 2. The currently declared counties are Dyer and Gibson. Damage assessments are being conducted in other counties to determine their eligibility for federal assistance.

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