DHS Nutritional Assistance Program Available To Eligible Residents Of Bledsoe, Cocke, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe And Rhea Counties Starting May 13
NASHVILLE – On Friday, May 13, the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) will begin issuing SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) Disaster Benefits to eligible residents of six additional tornado-ravaged counties that have been federally declared disaster areas following the late April storms. The benefits are for residents of Bledsoe, Cocke, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe and Rhea counties. Applications for SNAP disaster benefits can be submitted daily (except Sunday) through May 20. (Benefits were approved previously for eligible residents of Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington counties.)
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Gene Davidson reminds crop and livestock producers throughout Tennessee who have recently experienced severe damage from tornadoes and flooding that there are FSA programs available to assist with recovery.
"The damage done by the recent severe weather has made things very difficult for many of our farmers and ranchers. The disaster assistance programs FSA has available may be an important first step for producers in the recovery process,” said Davidson.
Benefit claims must be filed within 30 days
Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, Montgomery, Obion, Shelby and Stewart to receive assistance for record river flooding
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today President
Obama granted a request to declare 15 Tennessee counties as federal disaster areas due to a series of severe storms, straight-line winds, flash flooding and the record flooding of the Mississippi River, beginning on April 19, 2011.
Chester, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Henderson, Humphreys, Lake, Shelby and Sumner to receive assistance
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nine counties to receive federal disaster assistance due to tornadoes and flash flooding in the state on April 4 and 5, 2011.
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Major General Max Haston announced today that soldiers from the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 1/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Henderson, have been called to state active duty to assist in disaster relief operations in and around Tiptonville as needed.
Gov. Haslam and Maj. Gen. Haston, the Adjutant General, toured flood-ravaged areas last week to assess the situation. The order to bring in National Guard soldiers came after they viewed the affected areas.