Middle Tennessee Flood Receives Federal Disaster Recognition

Impacted Individuals in Humphreys County Can Register Now for Direct Federal Assistance
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 | 10:18am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced this morning that President Joseph R. Biden has approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Humphreys County as a result of the severe storms and flooding on Aug. 21, 2021. 

"I appreciate the dedication and hard work of the local first responders and volunteers, many of whom are also flood victims, to protect lives in their community,” Gov. Bill Lee said. “Our state and federal emergency partners will continue to pursue options to provide more relief for Tennesseans as they begin the recovery process.”

The Major Disaster Declaration will make FEMA’s Individual Assistance program to individuals and households in Humphreys County.

Individuals in Humphreys can apply for FEMA’s IA program in the following ways:

  1. Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.  
  2. Call the application phone number at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585), 6 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Central Time.
  3. Multilingual operators are available.

For more information on FEMA’s IA program, visit: https://www.fema.gov/assistance/individual.

The Major Disaster Declaration will also make FEMA’s Public Assistance program available to Humphreys County to seek reimbursement, and receive direct federal assistance, for protective measures taken in response to the emergency.

More information about FEMA's Public Assistance program is available at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit

On Monday, TEMA coordinated and organized joint Preliminary Damage Assessments with local emergency officials and FEMA representatives in Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, and Houston counties as part of the federal Major Disaster Declaration process.

FEMA may provide additional federal relief and can add Tennessee counties to the Major Disaster Declaration depending on the result of ongoing damage assessments in the impacted counties.

Up to 15 inches of rain fell over a 6-hour period on Aug. 21 resulting in catastrophic and deadly flash flooding in Middle Tennessee. Flash flooding In Humphreys County along inundated more than 700 homes.

About the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency: TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders. Follow TEMA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and, at www.tn.gov/tema.