Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Advice from FEMA Officials: Use Disaster Assistance Grants Wisely

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | 07:13 am
NASHVILLE – Disaster recovery officials urge Tennessee recipients who were affected by recent storms and flooding and are recipients of federal grants in the disaster-designated counties to use the money wisely.
"If the grant assistance is used properly, it doesn’t have to be paid back and eligibility for further help is possible,” said Gracia B. Szczech, Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Coordinating Officer in charge of the recovery efforts.

FEMA: 16 Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Tennessee

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 09:49 pm

NASHVILLE – Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers will visit 16 Tennessee counties designated for federal assistance between Wednesday, May 26, and Tuesday, June 1.  Each mobile center will be in place only for two-and-half days to provide assistance to people affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred between April 30 and May 18, 2010.

FEMA: Get Rebuilding Tips from FEMA Mitigation Specialists

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 10:20 am
Mitigation Specialists Available in Two Locations in Nashville and Dyersburg through June 6
NASHVILLE - Rebuilding or repairing a home after a disaster can be daunting, especially after the damage from the record-setting flooding and storms. But with the right information, homeowners can build back smarter and stronger.
Beginning, Monday, May 24, hazard mitigation specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will spend two weeks at two Lowe’s Home Improvement stores located in Nashville and Dyersburg to help. The specialists can answer questions about protecting homes from future disaster damage, as well as offer other home improvement tips and techniques.

Bredesen Requests Federal Farm Assistance for 13 Tennessee Counties

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 08:30 am
Requests Expected for Additional Counties as Damages are Assessed
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has requested a Secretarial designation of natural disaster for agriculture for 13 counties across middle and west Tennessee as a result of the historic rainfall and devastating floods that began April 30.
Bredesen made the request this week in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The 13 counties include: Benton, Chester, Dickson, Fayette, Hardeman, Hickman, Humphreys, Lauderdale, Lewis, Maury, McNairy, Perry and Stewart.

Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Jackson County

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 08:24 am
NASHVILLE – A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center opened in Jackson County Monday, May 24, for a two-and-half day stay to provide assistance to people affected by the severe storms and flooding between April 30 and May 18, 2010. 
The mobile center’s hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 25 and 26, at the Jackson County Rescue Squad Headquarters, 703 School Street, Gainesboro, TN 38562.

FEMA: Beware of Disaster Scams During Flood Recovery

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 07:07 am
NASHVILLE Residents in the disaster-designated counties affected by recent storms and flooding are urged to be careful of scams during recovery efforts.
"Unfortunately, some people prey on others, taking advantage of their misfortunes," said Gracia B. Szczech, Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Coordinating Officer in charge of the recovery efforts. "We urge disaster survivors to be especially careful."

Free Crisis Counseling Available to Flood Victims

Monday, May 24, 2010 | 10:47 am
Mental Health Services Available in 45 Counties
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD) received a $380,265 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide free crisis counseling to individuals impacted by the severe storms, historic flooding, and tornados that began April 30, 2010.
The department will collaborate with five community mental health centers in Middle and West Tennessee to provide basic mental health services in affected communities including individual and group crisis counseling, public education, community networking and support, and both adult and child needs assessment and referral.

Disaster Programs Approved for Cannon, Giles & Marshall Counties

Monday, May 24, 2010 | 09:45 am

Food and Cash Assistance Programs for Eligible Flood Victims Starts Monday


WHAT:            The Tennessee Department of Human Services today received approval from  the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to operate the Disaster and Replacement Food Stamp programs for eligible flood victims in three recently declared disaster counties:  Cannon, Giles and Marshall.   Current Food Stamp Program beneficiaries may qualify for replacement benefits if they lost food due to power outages of 12 hours or more.   Residents NOT currently enrolled in the program may be eligible for disaster food stamps.