Georgia Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1271)
Incident period: April 15, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 20, 1999
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
May 10, 1999
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Residents of tornado-prone areas can get information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about how to build a "safe room" in their homes that can provide protection against deadly tornadoes. The 25-page illustrated FEMA publication, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House , outlines the basics of in-house safe room shelter design, including construction plans, materials and construction cost estimates.
April 20, 1999
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available for people in Georgia's Dooly County devastated by tornadoes and other extreme weather late last week. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said President Clinton authorized the assistance this afternoon following a review of the agency's analysis of the state's request for federal relief. The President's major disaster declaration covers damage from severe storms and tornadoes that assaulted the area on April 15.