Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-1979)

Incident period: April 19, 2011 to June 7, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 9, 2011

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 13, 2011
News Release
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Seniors need not worry about losing Social Security and Medicare benefits if they receive federal disaster assistance as a result of the recent severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that struck Tennessee. Disaster assistance grants are not considered taxable income and will not affect Social Security or Medicare. The first step for seniors or anyone else seeking federal aid is to register with FEMA:
June 10, 2011
News Release
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than $16.7 million in federal assistance has been approved for Tennesseans in 26 counties who suffered losses from recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. More than 9,600 survivors have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance. The following is a statewide recovery summary as of close of business June 8, 2011.
June 9, 2011
News Release
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Survivors of the recent severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding could be eligible for FEMA disaster assistance even if they are insured. Some may mistakenly believe they are ineligible for such assistance. In fact, they may be able to get help with disaster-related expenses that insurance does not cover. To find out if they qualify, survivors must file a claim with their insurance companies and also register with FEMA.
June 7, 2011
News Release
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are in three home improvement stores this week. They will answer questions and offer home improvement tips and proven techniques to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. FEMA has booths at the Shelby County locations below:
June 7, 2011
News Release
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to assure that people with access and functional needs have equal access to disaster recovery facilities and assistance. FEMA works with state and local agencies as well as volunteer organizations to identify needs and locate appropriate resources. Some of the areas addressed include communication needs, removing physical barriers to facilities, and ensuring that disaster assistance reaches everyone who is eligible.
June 7, 2011
News Release
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Recent flooding in Tennessee underscored a painful truth: flooding is America’s most common natural disaster, and the cost of cleanup and repair is huge. Everyone’s property is in danger of flooding to one extent or another. Yet homeowner insurance policies generally do not cover flood damage. There is a solution.

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