Alexander, Frist Respond to Deadly Storms in Tennessee

Posted on April 3, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today pledged to work with state and local officials to provide federal assistance following a series of devastating tornadoes and thunderstorms that moved through West Tennessee over the weekend. The senators also sent the attached letter to President Bush this afternoon requesting an expeditious review and approval of the state’s request for federal disaster assistance. “Last night’s severe storms left a devastating mark on the state,” Frist said. “My thoughts and prayers are with all Tennesseans who have been impacted, especially those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. I spoke with Acting FEMA Director David Paulison this afternoon to express my clear support for a rapid review and approval of the state’s request for assistance. Senator Alexander and I stand ready to assist state and local officials in any way possible to ensure our communities have the resources they need.” “My thoughts and prayers are with the families that suffered tremendous losses in the storms that struck West Tennessee over the weekend,” Alexander said. “I will be working closely with Senator Frist and members of the Tennessee Congressional delegation to assist state and local officials with the federal resources they will need to respond to this disaster and rebuild homes, businesses and lives in these Tennessee communities.” According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), tornadoes and severe storms killed at least 23 people and injured dozens of residents in northwest Tennessee, as well as damaging thousands of homes and businesses. Most deaths from the storms were reported along a 25-mile path stretching from Newbern, about 80 miles northeast of Memphis, east to Bradford. Related Files: Federal Disaster Support Document