Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Haslam Announces 15 Counties Receive Federal Disaster Declaration

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 08:15 am

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.

Haslam Announces Nine Counties Receive Federal Disaster Declaration from Early April Tornadoes and Flash Flooding

Monday, May 09, 2011 | 03:25 pm

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.

Tennessee National Guard Responds to Flooding in West Tennessee

Monday, May 09, 2011 | 12:14 pm

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.

Haslam Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 15 Counties

Saturday, May 07, 2011 | 10:45 am

Requests Assistance for Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, Montgomery, Obion, Shelby and Stewart counties

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has asked President Obama to declare 15 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.

Flooding Causes Road Closures in Shelby County

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 02:54 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has closed a portion of State Route 3 (U.S. 51) in Shelby County due to flooding. Flood waters from the Loosahatchie Bottom have covered an approximate one mile section of SR 3 at Fite Road, about five miles south of State Route 385. The area will remain closed until the water recedes.
 
The detour routes are as follows:
 
  • From Millington to Memphis – State Route 385 East to State Route 14 South to I-40 (Exit 8)
  • From Memphis to Millington – I-40 (Exit 8) to State Route 14 North to State Route 385 West to State Route 3
 
On Interstate 40, Exit 2A to Millington and Exit 3 to Watkins Road are also closed.
 
Numerous other state routes in Dyer, Lake, and Lauderdale Counties are also closed as a result of rising flood waters. TDOT expects additional closures in these areas as the Mississippi River crests over the coming days.

Disaster Food Stamps Available For Tornado Victims In Bradley, Greene, Hamilton & Washington Counties

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 02:23 pm

DHS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS BEGINS MAY 9

 

NASHVILLE – On Monday, May 9, the Tennessee Department of Human Services, with USDA approval, will begin issuing SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) benefits to eligible residents of four tornado-ravaged counties that have been federally declared disaster areas following the late April storms. The benefits are for eligible residents of Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington counties. Applications for SNAP disaster benefits can be submitted Monday through Saturday, May 9-14, and on Monday, May 16.

THP Sends Strike Teams, Equipment to Assist Flood Victims in West Tennessee

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 09:23 am
NASHVILLE –- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has activated two of its district Strike Teams to assist flood victims and emergency response officials affected by the floods in west Tennessee. A strike team is a specially trained, self-sustained law enforcement unit able to respond to several different types of crisis situations.

Mosquito Risk Increased by Recent Flooding

Thursday, May 05, 2011 | 05:26 pm

Residents Urged to Use Repellents, Other Methods to Prevent Bites

NASHVILLE – Standing water provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, and flooded areas in Tennessee could easily cause populations of these disease-carrying pests to flourish. The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding the residents working to clean up homes, businesses and other facilities in Tennessee to take steps to help prevent illnesses associated with mosquitoes.

Tennesseans Should Take Precautions When Returning to Damaged Homes

Thursday, May 05, 2011 | 03:27 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging Tennesseans to take extra precautions when returning to flood- or storm-damaged homes or businesses. Conditions left by severe weather damage can pose a risk of injury or illness.

“We understand how important it is for people whose homes or businesses have been damaged to return as soon as possible to collect belongings and begin repair work, and we want to make sure they do it safely to avoid further deaths and injuries,” said State Epidemiologist Tim F. Jones, MD.