Nashville to receive federal help in Christmas Day bombing recovery

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Posted at 4:58 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 17:59:50-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — President Trump approved an emergency declaration in Tennessee granting federal help for Nashville in response to the Christmas day bombing in downtown.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide direct assistance to Metro Nashville-Davidson County under the federal Public Assistance program with direct assistance for emergency protective measures to lessen the impact to lives and property.

“We are grateful for the support from President Trump and our federal delegation,” Lee said. “These federal resources will help the Nashville community recover from this tragic event.”

Those measures include costs to Metro Nashville-Davidson County for firefighting, search and rescue operations, emergency operations center activation, medical care and transport, evacuation and sheltering, safety inspections, and area security.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is also working with FEMA and with the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic assistance that may be available through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

A total of 41 residential and commercial structures were damaged in the bombing. It also brought down AT&T's communication system across Tenn., Ky. and Ala. for multiple days.