Governor Lee Seeks FEMA Assistance For Tennessee Counties Hit By Tornadoes

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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

2 thoughts on “Governor Lee Seeks FEMA Assistance For Tennessee Counties Hit By Tornadoes

  • December 14, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    TN. Better quit relying on the Federal gov. We DO NOT NEED THEIR HELP
    TN needs to take care of themselves. They always brag how much money TN has and how they are so great about their spending. You get in bed with the federal gov. and they will be strings attached.
    States are supposed to rely on themselves. This is the way the country was made up. This gov.
    is always to quick to jump in bed withe Fed.

    • December 15, 2021 at 2:17 pm

      I agree whole heartily with your statement. I just wrote the same thing in another article on this site. When the state accepts federal dollars, the government owns the state. The state has to play by their rules. No ifs and or buts about it. It’s like state sold its soul to the devil. Example do the mandates and the jab or else. There is an article on this site that touts what a huge surplus the state of Tennessee has and then they go and beg the the Feds for money. As the occupier of the White House would say, Come On, Man”. Maybe the state could return some of the money back to the taxpayers of the state or reduce our property taxes since inflation is soaring!
      In GOD we trust not man!


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