• Bredesen Announces SBA Declaration Granted for Hamilton and Surrounding Counties

    Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 6:10am
    Low-Interest Loans May Be Available to Residents and Businesses
     
    NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted his request for a disaster declaration for Hamilton and the contiguous counties in Tennessee and Georgia following severe storms and flooding in September.
     
    “This is welcome news for Tennesseans in these counties,” said Bredesen. “The ability to access low-interest loans through SBA will help those impacted by the heavy rains and flooding in September to speed their recovery efforts.”

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  • Bredesen Requests SBA Assistance for Flood Recovery

    Friday, October 16, 2009 | 6:27am
    Low-interest Loans Could Aid Hamilton County Residents
     
    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has requested assistance from the Small Business Administration to help speed recovery in Hamilton County to help individuals and businesses as they recover from the flooding damages on September 16. The flash flooding caused more than 200 families to be displaced and at least one business to close as a result of the flooding damage.
     
    “The ability to access this kind of assistance is important for the Tennesseans who experienced significant losses due to heavy rains and flooding,” said Bredesen. “If Hamilton County is designated by the Small Business Administration, the community will be able to speed up its recovery efforts.”

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  • Local Resources Meeting Needs in Flooding Emergency

    Thursday, October 08, 2009 | 7:52am

    Hardin and Hamilton County Assessments Find Few Unmet Needs 

    NASHVILLE – TEMA has completed a thorough examination of the damages and impact from the flooding emergencies of late September in Hardin and Hamilton Counties. In consultation with local emergency managers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state has determined the remaining unmet needs do not reach the federal government’s threshold for a federal disaster declaration for Individual Assistance.

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  • TN Homeland Security & TEMA Directors to Discuss Emergency Preparedness

    Wednesday, September 02, 2009 | 8:40am

    NASHVILLE --- The Directors of the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security (OHS) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) will hold a media availability on Thursday, September 3, 2009 to discuss emergency preparedness. September 1st marks the kick-off of National Preparedness Month, a month –long national effort to increase public awareness about how citizens can prepare for emergencies.

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  • TN Homeland Security & TEMA Ask “Are You Ready or Are You READY?”

    Tuesday, September 01, 2009 | 3:31am

    National Preparedness Month Spotlights How Tennesseans Can Become Better Prepared

    NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Office of Homeland Security (OHS) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is marking the start of National Preparedness Month (NPM) by asking Tennesseans, “Are you ready or you READY”. NPM is held annually in September to increase public awareness about emergency preparedness. OHS & TEMA encourages all Tennesseans to take the simple, yet necessary, steps to make sure they are ready for emergencies.

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  • Bredesen Announces Federal Disaster Assistance for Six Counties

    Friday, August 21, 2009 | 8:16am

    Utility Repairs, Debris Removal and Emergency Response Efforts to be Reimbursed

    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the federal government has approved his request for disaster assistance for six counties in West and Middle Tennessee awaiting assistance due to severe storms, heavy rains, flooding and flash flooding that occurred July 15-17, 2009.
     
    Local governments and public utilities of Chester, Clay, Decatur, Jackson, Overton and Wayne Counties are now eligible for Public Assistance Program reimbursement from the federal government. The public assistance designation also covers emergency response and recovery costs incurred by state government.
     
    “The economic cost to local budgets from disasters can be just as devastating as physical damage from a storm, but this federal assistance will help alleviate part of that financial pressure,” said Bredesen. “I appreciate President Obama’s prompt approval of the disaster declarations that will help these communities rebuild.”

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  • Bredesen Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Six Tennessee Counties

    Sunday, August 09, 2009 | 7:15pm

    Significant Damage to Roads Caused by Flooding

    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen has asked President Obama to declare Chester, Clay, Decatur, Jackson, Overton and Wayne counties federal disaster areas following severe storms, heavy rains, flooding and flash flooding on July 15-17, 2009. Should this initial request for public assistance be granted, the six Tennessee counties would have access to varying levels of federal assistance.

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  • Bredesen Announces Federal Disaster Assistance for Three Counties

    Monday, July 13, 2009 | 11:52am

    Fayette, Haywood and Shelby County Utility Repairs and
    Emergency Response Efforts to be Reimbursed

    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the federal government has approved his request for disaster assistance for three west Tennessee counties due to severe storms, straight line winds, flooding, hail, and tornadoes that began June 12, 2009 and continued through the next week.

    Local governments and public utilities of Fayette, Haywood and Shelby Counties are now eligible for Public Assistance Program reimbursement from the federal government. The public assistance designation also covers emergency response and recovery costs incurred by state government. Additional disaster designations for other counties maybe made at a later date after further evaluation.

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  • TEMA hosts first-in-the-nation class for Communications Unit Leader course

    Friday, July 10, 2009 | 10:59am

    20 First Responders Prepared To Train Other Communications Unit Leaders

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency hosted the first All Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader (COML) Train-the-Trainer Course in Nashville on Thursday. Seeking to enhance interoperability, 20 students representing seven states joined Tennessee communications unit leaders for the 8-hour course. These new trainers will take what they have learned and return to their states as the first step to ensuring that every state has trained instructors capable of teaching the COML course to other first responders.

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  • State of Emergency for Ice Storm Concludes

    Wednesday, March 25, 2009 | 6:00am

    NASHVILLE  – The state of emergency declared on January 28, 2009, officially concludes today, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 28, a damaging winter storm caused extensive damages to power utility lines and knocked out power in Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Arkansas for several weeks in some cases. As a result, the counties of Dyer, Henry, Lake, Obion, Montgomery, Stewart and Weakley in Tennessee received federal disaster declarations to assist with recovery costs.

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  • State Prepares for Severe Winter Weather

    Monday, December 15, 2008 | 8:30am

    Forecast for Ice in West and Middle Tennessee

    NASHVILLE – The State of Tennessee is taking precautionary steps to prepare for severe weather predicted for West and Middle Tennessee this evening. As procedure, the state’s Emergency Operations Center was activated to ensure state agencies stand ready to respond to any emergency situations that might arise from winter weather.

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