Alexander, Corker Praise Announcement that Three Additional Counties Have Been Approved for Federal Disaster Aid

Alexander, Corker in Tennessee to Tour Storm-Damaged Areas, Receive Updates on Recovery Efforts

Posted on February 20, 2008

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today praised the news that the federal government has authorized a major disaster declaration for three additional Tennessee counties: Fayette, Haywood and McNairy. Today’s announcement means a total of 16 counties have been authorized to receive some form of federal aid in response to the deadly storms that hit the state earlier this month. Benton, Fayette, Hardin, Haywood, Hickman, Houston, Lewis, Macon, Madison, McNairy, Montgomery, Perry, Shelby, Sumner, Trousdale, and Williamson counties are eligible for federal aid to help Tennesseans and area businesses trying to rebuild after the devastating storms. “These additional declarations bring the total number of Tennessee counties eligible to receive some form of disaster assistance to 16,” said Alexander. “The rapid responses to the tornados by both President Bush and Governor Phil Bredesen were the fastest I’ve seen in the face of natural disasters in my 30 years in public service. That is a major reason why today more than 3,000 Tennesseans have applied for federal disaster relief and more than $1 million has already been distributed. I’m pleased that such progress has been made and I will continue to work with members of Tennessee delegation to ensure that Tennesseans have access to the help they need.” “I’ve spent time with storm victims in Lafayette, Jackson, and Memphis and by all accounts the response from federal, state, and local officials has been exceptional in dealing with the storm devastation,” said Corker. “I trust that citizens in Fayette, Haywood and McNairy counties will receive this same level of assistance, and I will certainly continue doing all I can to help Tennesseans recover and rebuild from this disaster.” On Friday, February 8, Alexander and Corker toured devastated areas in Lafayette, Tenn. with President Bush – meeting with survivors and recovery workers from the area. Following the visit to Lafayette, Corker continued on to Jackson to view tornado devastation in the Huntersville community and on the campus of Union University. Alexander visited Jackson today and met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) to discuss tornado recovery efforts in Tennessee before visiting a storm-damaged neighborhood in Jackson and meeting with a family whose home was destroyed by the storm. While in Jackson, Alexander also met with administrators from Union University, and viewed damage from the storm, including dormitories leveled by the fierce winds. Corker was in Memphis today to receive a briefing from FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) officials on federal recovery efforts and toured the Hickory Hill area of Southeast Memphis, including the Sharp Electronics factory and the Hardy Bottling plant that were both damaged by the storms. Residents and business owners with losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or by registering online at www.fema.gov. Citizens are also encouraged to call Alexander’s and Corker’s local offices for assistance in navigating federal aid. Alexander Jackson Office: 731-423-9344 Alexander Memphis Office: 901-544-4224 Alexander Nashville Office: 615-736-5129 Corker Jackson Office: 731-424-9655 Corker Memphis Office: 901-683-1910 Corker Nashville Office: 615-279-8125