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. -- Disaster survivors who have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and have received a disaster loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) should complete and return the application - even if they do not want a loan. The reason: Some applicants who do not qualify for an SBA disaster loan may be eligible for additional grants from FEMA and the state.
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. -- Following a disaster, survivors sometimes hear inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information about disaster assistance. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency urge West Tennesseans affected by recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding to get the facts now from TEMA and FEMA. Counties newly eligible for federal assistance to individuals and households are Carroll, Crockett, Gibson, Hardin, Henry, Knox, Lauderdale, Lincoln, Madison, Montgomery and Tipton.
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.

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