Storm Resources 2017


Updated 8/27/17

LINC/2-1-1 and the City of Memphis Public Libraries, with support from United Way of the Mid-South, are working  to provide the most current information on assistance available for those affected by the straight line winds of May 27.

Please contact us at 2-1-1 (or 901-415-2790 or 1-855-354-4211) if you have additional information to share or to see if other services may be available. 

LINC/2-1-1 is now open Monday – Thursday, 9 AM to 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday 1 to 5 PM.

US Small Business Administration is offering low interest disaster loans to TN Businesses and residents affected by the storm of May 27-28, 2017

The area including Crittenden County, AR, Desoto and Marshall counties in MS and Shelby, Fayette and Tipton Counties in TN were declared official disaster areas due to storm damage on May 27-28, 2017. Businesses, non-profits and individuals have until October 23, 2017 to apply for loans for physical property damage and they have until May 23, 2018 to apply for loans for economic injury.


Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and non-profits organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damage or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery assistance for disaster victims. The SBA has low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes and most private non-profits to cover disaster damage to real and personal property.

SBA also provides working capital disaster loans for economic injuries caused by a disaster. NOTE: Your area must be officially declared a Disaster Area by the SBA to qualify for a loan.

The $2 million may include funds for working capital for small businesses and non-profits. Apply in person at designated SBA Disaster Centers, call the SBA tollfree at 1-800-659-2955 (or call 1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard of hearing line if needed) or email with questions.

Email questions to or apply online at


IMPORTANT FEMA UPDATE – excerpted from press release from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency 6/23/17:

Tennessee Receives Federal Disaster Assistance for Memorial Day Weekend Storms

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced this evening 12 counties will receive federal aid assistance through a Presidential Disaster Declaration as the recovery process continues in several areas from the severe storms and straight-line winds of May 27, and May 28, 2017.

“Local, state, and federal partners came together in a collaborative effort to assess impacts rapidly so we could have accurate storm damage data and illustrate our need for a disaster declaration to President Trump,” Haslam said. “I am grateful to all the first responders, emergency managers, and community members who have united to help others recover from the impact of these storms.”

Tennessee counties included in the Presidential Declaration are:  Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Shelby, and Smith.

These counties are now eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program, which will allow government entities and certain private non-profits to apply for reimbursement of specific, eligible expenses from the emergency.  These agencies have until September 17, 2017 to submit applications to FEMA.  They must have had insurance in place before the storm to be eligible to apply for help from FEMA.

More information on FEMA’s Public Assistance program is at:

There is still no decision from FEMA on Gov. Haslam’s request for Individual Assistance for Shelby County as of 8/28/17.


  • United Way of the Mid-South accepted applications for the Citizen Storm Assistance Program through July 31, 2017. Call the City of Memphis Office of Emergency Management to check on the status of your application at 901-636-2525.


  • Call 2-1-1 for referral to your closest food pantry.
  • Call 2-1-1 for other food referrals as available.


  • People experiencing emotional distress related to the disaster can all the Disaster Distress Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-985-5990.  Both English- and Spanish-speaking counselors are available


  • Donations to the American Red Cross can be made at the Mid-South Chapter office at 1399 Madison, or online at
  • Neighborhood Christian Center seeking food and financial donations for disaster food assistance. Contact Pamela Cox at 881-6013 or by email at .
  • Union Grove Baptist Church is seeking food and financial donations for disaster food assistance. Food items can be brought to the church at 2285 Frayser Boulevard; financial donations can be made via paypal to .


  • All Memphis Public Library locations welcome area residents in need of a cool place to recharge your batteries, your communication devices and yourself.  Our helpful staff can assist you in finding information and reading materials, using the public internet, computers, copies and printers,  and getting involved in library programs and services.  Many locations have recently expanded hours to better serve you!  Please see for more information.


  • Call Housing Hotline at MIFA  (529-4545) for general homeless shelter referrals for families with children if space is available.
  • Call 2-1-1 for referrals to general homeless shelters for single women and single men.


  • Important MLGW contact information for customers:
    > Outage Reporting: 1-800-268-8648 or 544-6500
    > Emergency: 528-4465 (This number should be treated like 911. Gas leaks, electrical lines down.)
    > Customer Care Center: 820-7878
  • MLGW apps for outage map:
    Customers are encouraged to download the MLGW app for access to the outage map (Android users can go to  and iPhone users can go to ).Other info from Memphis Light, Gas & Water:
  • MLGW is suspending disconnects. The utility continues to thank customers for their patience as workers continue to restore power and reminds customers to consider any downed wire to be dangerous and to not touch.
  • Customers who have damage to their weatherheads are responsible for having the weatherhead
    replaced or repaired by a licensed electrician and inspected by Code Enforcement before MLGW can
    restore power. The weatherhead is usually located above the roofline or attached to the gable or side of
    the house where the customer’s wiring connects to MLGW’s electric lines. The weatherhead is the
    homeowner’s property and therefore is not maintained by MLGW.


  • American Red Cross – contact Mid-South Chapter office at 726-1690 to volunteer.
  • Neighborhood Christian Center – contact Pamela Cox at 881-6013 or by email at


From the Shelby County Health Department:

Food Safety

  • The Shelby County Health Department continues to urge residents and businesses to toss any perishable food in the refrigerator if you experienced a power outage lasting more than 4 hours .
  • Although you may look at the food and think it is safe to eat, meat items and dairy products should be thrown in the garbage.
  • After 4 hours following the loss of power, meat items and dairy products can grow bacteria.
  • Consuming dangerous foodborne bacteria will usually cause illness within 1 to 3 days of eating the contaminated food. However, sickness can also occur within 20 minutes or up to 6 weeks later.
  • Although most people will recover from a foodborne illness within a short period of time, some can develop chronic, severe, or even life-threatening health problems.
  • Symptoms of foodborne illness can include: Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, and body ache.
  • If you think you or a family member has a foodborne illness, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Due to symptoms of a food-borne illness, an individual is at risk of becoming dehydrated.
  • What is dehydration? Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have as much water as it needs. Without enough, your body can’t function properly. You can have mild, moderate, or severe dehydration depending on how much fluid is missing from your body.
  • Signs and symptoms of Dehydration:
    >  Thirst
    > Dry or sticky mouth
    > Dark yellow urine
    > Dry and cool skin
    > Headache and muscle cramps
  • If you are a food establishment owner and have questions about food safety following Saturday’s storm, call the Shelby County Health Department at (901) 222-9203.
  • f you are a food establishment owner and want to request an inspection due to Saturday’s storm, call the Shelby County Health Department at (901) 222-9203.Heat Safety
    With the rising temps this week, everyone in Shelby County, especially those still experiencing a power outage, need to be mindful of heat exhaustion symptoms.

    • Weakness/Fainting
    • Nausea/Vomiting
    • Headache/Dizziness
    • Myalgia
    • Muscle cramps
    • Heath exhaustion combined with dehydration can be potentially very dangerous.
    • If an individual demonstrates any symptoms of exhaustion, they should immediately cool down by going indoors to a well-ventilated and air-conditioned building, drink plenty of cool water and rest.
    • If symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, individuals are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider.
    • SCHD encourages everyone to check on loved ones, especially those who are still experiencing a power outage, the elderly and anyone with a medical condition who may live alone.
    • If you are outside, or in your home without power, for an extended time, the Shelby County Health Department reminds residents to take the following precautions:
      • Drink 2-4 glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.
      • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing when outdoors.
      • Limit your physical activity to morning and evening hours.
      • Start slowly and pick up the pace gradually.
      • Rest often in shady areas.
      • Protect yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

    If you don’t have power in your home, consider visiting a shopping mall, public library, or community center to keep cool during daytime hours.


Please call LINC/2-1-1 at 2-1-1 (or 901-415-2790 or 1-855-324-4211) for additional updates on area programs and services.