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May 10, 2011

Statewide status update

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has issued a statewide status report. This information is current as of 6 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

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.

Real time updates about the flood relief/recovery efforts and maps of areas anticipated to flood are posted at

Memphis and Shelby County residents without internet service can get information by phone at the 24-Hour Flood Watch Hotline 901-324-8799. Text requests to: 901-290-7530.

Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Contact Information
Main Number: 901-515-2525
Mid-South Red Cross 901-726-1690.
Help/Volunteer Hotline – 901-324.8799, text questions to 901-290.7530

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared 15 Tennessee counties – Bledsoe, Bradley, Cocke, Dyer, Greene, Johnson, Hamilton, Lake, McMinn, Monroe, Obion, Rhea, Shelby, Steward and Washington – eligible for federal assistance to individuals and families who have suffered damage from the recent tornadoes, storms and flooding. The process starts with a phone call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Online, it’s or through smartphones at

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,

For more information, including a list of key questions and answers about the assistance program, please visit the DHS website at

There are six American Red Cross Shelters open (16 on standby) in West Tennessee with 146 occupants. Memphis and Shelby County have opened three faith-based shelters (one on standby) with 368 occupants.

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 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.orgor 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.