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May 12, 2011

Statewide Status Update, May 12, @ 1030 hrs.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has issued a statewide status report. This information is current as of 10:30 a.m., CDT on Thursday, May 12, 2011.

MEDIA LINE

TEMA’s media line is 615-741-0482. Public Information Officers will be available for media interviews during operating hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 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.

SHELTERS

There are 10 shelters open in West Tennessee with 516 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.