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Tennessee Severe Storms, Flooding, Tornadoes, and Straight-Line Winds (DR-1978)

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Incident period: April 04, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 09, 2011


October 27, 2011 - News Release

NOAA's National Weather Service ranks April 2011 as the most active tornado month on record with 750 tornadoes across the U.S. There were a reported 361 fatalities. The April 27 “Super Outbreak” spawned four intensely destructive EF-5 and 11 EF-4 tornados across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. These storms launched an immediate response from the whole community, which included local, state, and federal agencies, voluntary, faith-based and community groups, the private sector and the public.

May 9, 2011 - News Release

Following is a summary of key federal disaster assistance programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for Tennessee. Assistance for State and Eligible Local Governments Can Include as Required:

May 9, 2011 - News Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Tennessee and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, and straight-line winds on April 4, 2011.

Geographic Information

Map of declared counties for [Tennessee Severe Storms, Flooding, Tornadoes, and Straight-Line Winds (DR-1978)]

Financial Assistance

If and when individual assistance money is approved for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every 24 hours.

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $7,180,285.49 $2,121,992.68 $4,821,736.81
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 08:25 (Updated daily)

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Tennessee, FEMA-1978-DR (PDF 18KB)