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.”
.@GovBillLee and the White House notified my office that our disaster declaration relief request has been approved following the Christmas Day tragedy. This is the first step on a long recovery journey, and I want to thank Gov. Lee and congressional delegation for their support.— Mayor John Cooper (@JohnCooper4Nash) January 5, 2021
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.