NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen met with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on Monday in response to the historic flooding experienced in the Nashville area.
"Governor Bredesen and I had a productive meeting with our local partners and talked about the coordinated response in Tennessee," Fugate said in a press released issued Tuesday. "President Obama and Secretary Napolitano have asked me to ensure that state and local officials on the ground have the support they need, and I will report back to them on the response operations."
Governor Bredesen formally requested a major disaster declaration for the state on Monday.
Fugate said FEMA personnel are in place to support the state's response.
He sad a FEMA liaison officer has been on site at the Tennessee Emergency Operations Center and preliminary damage assessment teams have been identified to work with state officials in assessing the storm's impact.
In a press conference Tuesday morning, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said it is important for residents to document everything and keep receipts.
He said as soon as FEMA assistance is available, the public will be provided with information about how they can apply for assistance.
FEMA will have 800 numbers and Web sites, the mayor said.