Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this past weekend visited Nashville, Tenn., to meet with Governor Phil Bredesen and federal, state and local officials to discuss the impact of the historic flooding and view the response and recovery efforts in the state.
“DHS and the entire federal government will do everything possible to support the people of Tennessee and across the Southeast in getting back on their feet quickly – coordinated every step of the way with our state and local partners,” Napolitano said.
Napolitano, Bredesen and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate toured Nashville’s Bordeaux district, which suffered major damage from the flooding that killed nearly 30 people in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.
Napolitano also toured the Bellevue Recreation Center, where local volunteer organization Hands On Nashville is working to help individuals whose homes have been affected by flooding, including helping them request FEMA assistance. She was joined by Bredesen, Sen. Lamar Alexander, U.S. Representative Jim Cooper and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean at the center.
More than 16,200 Tennessee individuals and families have registered for FEMA assistance. As of last Saturday, more than $4.1 million in FEMA total individual assistance has been approved, including more than $3.8 million in housing assistance and more than $300,000 in other needs.
Families that have been impacted by the floods and need assistance should call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit DisasterAssistance.gov, and continue to follow the instructions of local officials in the meantime.