Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

I-24 East in Grundy County Reopens to Traffic

Saturday, May 22, 2010 | 12:07 pm

Sinkhole Repairs Complete at Mile Marker 127 near Coffee County Line

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – I-24 East at mile marker 127 in Grundy County near the Coffee County Line is now open to traffic.  The roadway reopened at approximately 6:00 a.m. CT Saturday, May 22.  I-24 had been closed for several days as a result of a massive sinkhole that developed suddenly on the morning of Tuesday, May 18.

FEMA: Downloadable Flyers Available

Friday, May 21, 2010 | 03:41 pm
Print Flyers on SBA Assistance and Getting Rid of Mold
NASHVILLE - FEMA and TEMA have made available one-page flyers that can be printed and used as handouts in the ongoing Tennessee flood recovery efforts. 
Download and print flyers on: 

FEMA: Registrations Near 50,000 In Tennessee

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 04:55 pm
NASHVILLE – The recent storms and record-setting flooding in Tennessee have been met by a robust response from the state of Tennessee and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
So far, almost 900 federal employees from across the country are now working to meet the needs of disaster survivors. Nearly $113 million in disaster grants and low-interest loans have been approved since the major disaster declaration May 4, 2010, enabling Tennesseans to repair and rebuild.

FEMA: Clean Up Damaged Homes, Record Damages

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 04:51 pm
NASHVILLE – Residents in flood-damaged homes should begin cleanup as soon as it’s safe to enter their houses. There is no need to wait for a visit from FEMA damage inspectors to clean your home, but it’s important to record damages and keep receipts. Property owners can use video or photographs to record the damages. Documentation will be crucial when filing for government assistance and submitting insurance claims.

FEMA Announces Additional 3 Counties Eligible for DUA

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 12:29 pm
45 Counties Now Authorized for Individual Assistance Disaster
Unemployment Benefits
NASHVILLE - Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) unemployment benefits are now available for workers in Cannon, Giles, and Marshall counties as a direct result of severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that began April 30, 2010, Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development James Neeley reported. This amends the declaration for the State of Tennessee (FEMA-1909-DR).  According to Commissioner Neeley, persons in these three counties must file their claim for DUA unemployment benefits within 30 days of this announcement. 

DHS Disaster Programs Extended in 14 Counties

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 10:43 am

Food and Cash Assistance Programs for Eligible Victims to End Next Friday


WHAT:       The Tennessee Department of Human Services today was granted an extension by the USDA to operate the Disaster Food Stamp program for eligible flood victims in 14 counties, including Shelby and Davidson.   The emergency cash program for eligible storm victims will also be extended in these counties.  The extension request was based on the high volume of applicants at the larger DHS county offices and limited accessibility to other offices.  

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

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 12:00 am
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.

Federal Disaster Assistance Approved for Four Tennessee Counties

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 09:55 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).