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May 11, 2011

Statewide status update

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has issued a statewide status report. This information is current as of 2:30 p.m., CDT on Wednesday, May 11, 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.

SHELBY COUNTY & MEMPHIS FLOOD RESOURCES
Real time updates about the flood relief/recovery posted at www.StaySafeShelby.us.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deemed some counties 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 www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through smartphones at m.fema.gov.

FARM AND SMALL BUSINESS DISASTER ASSISTANCE
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs are available to assist with recovery.
FSA administers several important programs that help producers recover from disaster damage and livestock deaths.

Click for information on applying for these programs .

A USDA Fact Sheet for Disaster Assistance for Individuals, Small Businesses and Farmers can be found at: http://news.tn.gov/node/7154.

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.

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.