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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 4 p.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

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Tennessee Department of Human Services, with USDA approval, began 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.

The following locations, designated as state Disaster Recovery Centers in each of the four affected counties, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern Time):

Greene County
Camp Creek Elementary School
2941 Camp Creek Road
Greeneville, TN 37743

Washington County
121 E. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 11-B
Jonesborough, TN 37629

Bradley County
10 Church St.
(former First Tennessee Bank location)
Cleveland, TN 37311

Hamilton County
Hulsey Wellness Center
4870 University Drive
Collegedale, TN 37363

For more information, including a list of key questions and answers about the assistance program, please visit the DHS website at www.tn.gov/humanserv.

SHELTERS
There are 4 Red Cross shelters with 32 occupants and 3 independent shelters open with 297 open in Tennessee.

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.

SHELBY COUNTY & MEMPHIS FLOOD RESOURCES
Real time updates about the flood relief/recovery efforts and maps of areas anticipated to flood are posted at www.StaySafeShelby.us.

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