The insurance industry has paid $2 billion on 260,000 claims filed by Tennesseans as a result of storms between April 22 and April 28, reports the Cleveland Daily Banner..
Gary Kearney, assistant vice president of Property Claims Service, a New Jersey company that identifies catastrophes for the insurance industry, said only the state of Alabama suffered a greater loss, at around $3 billion.
Localized figures are not available except through individual insurance companies or if the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance issues a data call, which it is considering and moving toward, according to Christopher Garrett, director of communications for the state agency.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has asked President Barack Obama to declare seven counties federal disaster areas as a result of severe weather June 18-25.
The counties are Anderson, Claiborne, Grainger, Henderson, Knox, Loudon and Marion.
A presidential declaration would make the counties eligible for various federal assistance programs.
Haslam said in his request Tuesday the weather included “historic floods and unprecedented storms.”
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health (TDMH) has
received an extension on a $2.1 million grant from the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to continue providing
mental health outreach, counseling, and educational services to
individuals impacted by the severe storms and historic flooding that
initially began in the spring of 2010. The grant, which was set to
conclude in June, will be extended until August 31, 2011.
The extension will allow the department to continue collaborative
efforts with five community mental health centers in Middle and West
Tennessee to provide basic mental health services in affected
communities including individual and group crisis counseling, public
education, community networking and support, and both adult and child
needs assessment and referral.
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nine counties to receive federal disaster assistance due to tornadoes and flash flooding in the state on April 4 and 5, 2011.
The counties include: Chester, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Henderson, Humphreys, Lake, Shelby and Sumner.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has asked President Obama to declare four Tennessee counties as federal disaster areas following the severe storms that struck the state this week.
Such a declaration would allow Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington counties to access various federal assistance programs.
As local officials and relief agencies complete damage assessments, other counties are expected be added to the disaster area declaration request.
Haslam said he is confident the federal government will expedite the request so Tennessee can get to work helping people rebuild their lives as quickly as possible.
Thirty-four people died and more than 500 homes were destroyed or sustained major damage in Tennessee because of the storms.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has temporarily suspended limits on the height, weight, length and width of permitted vehicles carrying emergency supplies to the state’s storm-ravaged communities.
The executive order applies to vehicles carrying emergency equipment or supplies on behalf of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the emergency management agencies of other state.
The order also suspends limitations on the hours of service on operators of commercial motor vehicles carrying fuel, food, water and other emergency supplies.
Haslam said it is his priority to ensure that food, water and other emergency relief supplies get to those in need as soon as possible. Thirty-four people were killed in Tennessee by the tornadoes that hit the state Wednesday night and early Thursday.
The state’s congressional delegation wrote a letter to President Obama backing the application for disaster relief. The text is below.
News release from the governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam offered their condolences to all of the families across the state affected by the terrible storms, especially those who lost loved ones.
“As we clear away debris and start the process of repairing lives, there are many in East Tennessee facing the unimaginable loss of a family member,” Haslam said. “On behalf of all Tennesseans, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by these storms.”
Three waves of heavy rains, high winds, strong thunderstorms and reported tornadoes moved through Tennessee on Wednesday. Overall, the storms caused 33 confirmed fatalities, localized heavy flooding, road closures in many counties, school closings, downed trees and power lines. Many counties today are working on search and rescue activities.
Haslam’s meeting in Jackson to discuss the Haywood County Mega-Site previously scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CDT today has been canceled.
The governor now will travel to Bradley and Hamilton counties today, and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, state legislators and local officials will join Haslam in touring affected areas.
Locations are listed below: