Letter to Hon. Joesph R. Biden, President of the United States - Kustoff Sends Letter Urging Biden to Approve Major Disaster Declaration for West Tennessee Counties


Dear Mr. President:

We write to urge expedient approval of Governor Bill Lee's request to declare a major disaster
pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act as a result of the severe winter weather,
frigid temperatures, freezing rain, sleet, ice, and high winds that occurred from February 3-4, 2022.

The storm created hazardous travel conditions, blocked roads, and claimed the life of one
Tennessean. Damage to utility infrastructure caused widespread power outages for thousands of
residents across several counties. Some residents were without power for more than a week amid
freezing temperatures. Governor Lee is specifically requesting Public Assistance for seven
counties: Crockett, Fayette, Haywood, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tipton, and Weakley. Governor Lee
also requests the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program statewide.

Governor Lee's request is attached, and on behalf of the State of Tennessee, we urge you to
approve it as soon as possible.

Our offices can provide you with any additional information you need.