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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –
Yesterday, Governor Bill Lee requested aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for nine counties that were impacted by tornadoes the evening of Friday, December 10th and into early Saturday, December 11th. The storms produced at least seven tornadoes due to two lines of severe weather caused by a mass of warm, unstable air moving across the state. Four lives were lost and 150,000 people lost power during the storm’s peak across west and middle Tennessee.
Lee is asking President Biden for an emergency declaration for the counties of Cheatham, Decatur, Dickson, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Obion, Stewart and Weakley to make federal assistance available for debris removal and other protective measures. If granted, FEMA will reimburse jurisdictions for eligible work or directly provide assistance.
Local officials are currently completing a thorough assessment of damage, after which Lee will seek a Major Disaster Declaration in order to make FEMA’s Public Assistance and Individual Assistance programs available to those in the affected counties that qualify for federal help.
Tennessee’s own Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has made a recovery web page with resources for both those directly affected by the tornadoes and those wishing to volunteer their time in helping their fellow Tennesseans.
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According to TEMA, “In times of disaster, financial donations are the best way to aid those in need. Cash can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed.”
“Our emergency officials, first responders, and law enforcement brought hope where there was none in the aftermath of these storms,” Lee said. “Our effort now will be to bring as much relief as possible to these devastated communities.”
About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.