Individuals and businesses in need of assistance may contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA
In May 2010, Middle and West Tennessee were struck with the worst natural disaster since President Obama took office. This 1,000-year flood caused substantial damage to our cities, homes and livelihoods.
I toured several of the most damaged sites and have worked with Governor Bredesen, the Tennessee delegation and other state and local leaders to make sure that Tennesseans receive the help they need to get them back on their feet.
At my request, the Senate Appropriations Committee – of which I am a member – held a hearing on July 22, 2010, to examine how federal agencies responded to the historic Tennessee flood of 2010. (You can view the hearing by clicking here.) Tennesseans with concerns about the handling of the flood were encouraged to submit questions through my website and Facebook page – I asked some of those questions at the hearing and submitted others to the witnesses in writing for their answers.
The following counties have been approved by the president for both individual and public federal disaster assistance: Benton, Cannon, Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Clay, Crockett, Davidson, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Giles, Jackson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Madison, Marshall, Maury, McNairy, Montgomery, Obion, Perry, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Shelby, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Tipton, Trousdale, Wayne, Williamson, Wilson. In addition, Pickett, Campbell and Henry counties have been approved by the president for public federal disaster assistance.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency):
- To apply for disaster assistance from FEMA:
- Apply by Phone
- Call (800) 621-3362 (takes approx. 18-20 minutes to complete interview)
- Call TTY (800) 462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities
- Apply Online
- Apply by Phone
- TEMA and FEMA have put together a Facebook page which is updated regularly and allows victims to share information. If can be found here.
- Helpful guidelines for the period following a flood: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/fl_after.shtm
- Brochure on mold prevention and cleanup: www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf
TEMA (Tennessee Emergency Management Agency):
- Information about the flood (updated daily): http://www.tnema.org/news/tema/?p=323
- For help and assistance, 24 hours a day, please call: (615) 741-0001
Senate Flood Hearing
Click here to watch the Senate hearing on the Tennessee flood.