FEMA: Deputy Administrator Serino Visits Tennessee to Survey Ongoing Flood Recovery

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 11:00 pm
NASHVILLE - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Rich Serino traveled to Tennessee to meet with state and local officials and see first-hand the ongoing recovery efforts following the severe weather and massive flooding that struck the state earlier this month. On Wednesday, Serino met with local officials and emergency managers in Clarksville and surveyed some of the progress the community has made in its recovery. On Thursday, Serino toured damage and recovery efforts in the Bellevue and Bordeaux neighborhoods of Nashville, where he talked with homeowners who, with help from FEMA Individual Assistance and volunteers from community faith-based organizations, had begun the process of cleaning out their homes.

First Lady Conte to Host Panel on the Impact of War

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 10:42 am
Event is Free and Open to the Public, But Seating is Limited and Reservations are Required
NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. CDT at Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence. The event, entitled “The Other Side of War,” will feature a panel discussion focused on the challenges facing families left behind when a loved one is deployed to war. The event is open to the public at no charge; however, seating is limited and reservations are required.

Federal Disaster Assistance Approved for Four Tennessee Counties

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 08:55 am
Cannon, Giles and Marshall Approved for Individual and Public Assistance,
Pickett Approved for Public Assistance
NASHVILLE – Four Tennessee counties have been approved for federal assistance as a result of extreme weather and flooding that struck the state April 30-May 2.
Cannon, Giles and Marshall counties have been approved in both the individual and public assistance categories. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in Cannon, Giles and Marshall counties can begin applying for assistance immediately by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

FEMA Disaster Assistance Tops $100 Million in First Two Weeks

Monday, May 17, 2010 | 07:13 pm

NASHVILLE – More than $100 million in federal assistance has been approved for the survivors of Tennessee’s record-setting storms and flooding, just two weeks after President Obama declared a federal disaster.

The amount includes $90.7 million in housing aid, such for rental assistance and home repairs, and $9.5 million for other needs such as personal property.

FEMA: Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Middle and West Tennessee

Monday, May 17, 2010 | 07:36 am
Mobile Centers to Visit Fayette, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lewis, Macon and Robertson Counties
NASHVILLE – Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRC) will visit six counties designated for federal assistance in Middle and West Tennessee beginning Monday, May 17, for a two-and-half day stay, to provide assistance to people affected by the severe storms and flooding that started on April 30.
MDRC hours of operation are Monday, May 17, from noon to 7 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time at the following locations:

FEMA: Disaster Loan Packages Slow To Return

Sunday, May 16, 2010 | 01:32 pm
NASHVILLE – The number of disaster recovery loan packages returned by flood survivors is alarmingly low, according to recovery officials. More than 23,500 loan applications from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have been sent to Tennessee households who have applied for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) registration line. Of those, only 664 loan applications have been returned.
What individuals may not know is that the SBA disaster loan application is absolutely essential to their recovery. Low interest loans from the SBA are the primary funding source to assist eligible homeowners to return their property to its pre-disaster condition.