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May 9, 2011

Statewide Status Update

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has issued a statewide status report. This information is current as of 10 a.m. CDT on Monday, May 9, 2011.
MEDIA LINE

TEMA’s media line is 615-741-0482. Public Information Officers will be available for media interviews during operating hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared 10 Tennessee counties (Bledsoe, Bradley, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, Rhea and Washington) eligible for federal assistance to individuals and families who have suffered damage from the recent tornadoes and storms. The process starts with a phone call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Online, it’s www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through smartphones at m.fema.gov.

Individual Registrations – 2,216
Total Funds to Individuals – $1,020,722.65

DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS

Four disaster recovery centers have opened in Tennessee to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes in Bradley, Hamilton, Greene and Washington counties. The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice.

Bradley County
10 Church St.
Cleveland, Tenn. 37311

Hamilton County
Hulsey Wellness Centers (Southern Adventist University)
4870 University Drive
Collegedale, Tenn. 37363

Greene County
Camp Creek Elementary School
2941 Camp Creek Road.
Greeneville, Tenn. 37743

Washington County
125 East Jackson Blvd.
Suite 11B
Jonesborough, Tenn. 37659

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will staff the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply. Recovery specialists also can help disaster survivors with referrals to other assistance programs.

SHELTERS

There are 7 shelters open in Tennessee with 413 occupants.

HOUSING LOCATOR ASSISTANCE FOR DISPLACED INDIVIDUALS

To help displaced residents find housing quickly, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency is urging all property providers to list available rental housing on the free, statewide housing locater service www.TNHousingSearch.org as soon as possible. The process of listing takes about 10 minutes and is completely free.

If you have available housing, please list it on www.TNHousingSearch.org or contact a toll-free call center to add properties today at 1-877-428-8844. Listing and searching are always completely free. The service can be accessed at no cost online 24 hours.

INTERSTATE-40 ARKANSAS

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has closed the Interstate 40 eastbound lanes at Hazen, AK (mile marker 193) due to rising flood water. Westbound lanes continue to be closed at Brinkly (mile marker 216).
It is unknown as to when the Interstate lanes will reopen. Information is available at www.arkansashighways.com.

DEATHS & INJURIES

There are 38 confirmed fatalities in Tennessee.

Bledsoe County – 4
Bradley County – 9
Crockett County – 1
Franklin County – 1
Greene County – 7
Hamilton County – 11
Johnson County – 2
Sequatchie County – 1
Washington County – 1
Williamson County – 1

There have been 94 confirmed injuries with the majority being reported from Hamilton County.