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

Incident period: April 19, 2011 to June 07, 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.

August 5, 2011 - News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennesseans in 26 counties who suffered losses from the spring storms, tornadoes and floods have been approved for nearly $30 million in federal help. More than 13,000 survivors have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance. As of Aug. 4, the following is a snapshot of disaster recovery:

August 2, 2011 - News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Survivors of the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding have one week to register for federal disaster assistance. Those who experienced damage or loss must apply for help by Tuesday, Aug. 9. Register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster aid by calling

Geographic Information

Map of declared counties for [Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-1979)]

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 1,420 $11,428,946.00 $10,049,107.63 $1,379,838.37
Last Updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 05:08 (Updated daily)

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 $19,954,713.81 $9,119,397.56 $10,776,139.25
Last Updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 06:46 (Updated daily)

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Tennessee, FEMA-1979-DR (PDF 18KB)