Kansas Tornadoes and Severe Storms (DR-1273)

Incident period: May 3, 1999 to May 6, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 4, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 17, 1999
News Release
WICHITA, Kan. -- Federal disaster assistance to Kansas victims of the violent storms and tornadoes of May 3 has topped the $2.25-million mark, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "We are pleased that we have been able to provide so much aid to storm and tornado victims this quickly," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Curt Musgrave. "The federal/state inspection teams have really been working hard to keep the process moving."
May 15, 1999
News Release
WICHITA, Kan. -- One of the first steps in the disaster recovery process is to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If you are a renter, homeowner, business owner or agricultural producer in Reno, Sedgwick or Sumner county with damages or losses from the May 3 tornado, where can you get help?
May 15, 1999
News Release
WICHITA, Kan. -- On May 14, 1999, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved a request by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM), on behalf of Governor Bill Graves, for expanded federal assistance for Sumner County to repair public infrastructure damaged by severe storms and tornadoes.
May 14, 1999
News Release
WICHITA, Kan. -- Having a safe room built into your house can help you protect yourself and your family from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds. Emergency response personnel and people cleaning up after tornadoes often have found an interior room of a severely damaged home still standing when little of the rest of the house remains.
May 11, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal, state and local officials are responding to the disasters in Oklahoma Kansas, and Texas. Only two people are still missing, both in Oklahoma, and no additional storm-related fatalities have been reported. As field staff began to take charge of operations, the FEMA Headquarters Emergency Support Team was deactivated as of Monday afternoon. Oklahoma:For complete FEMA coverage of this disaster
May 11, 1999
News Release
WICHITA, Kan. -- State and federal disaster recovery officials advise Kansans to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean and repair disaster damage or remove disaster debris. Some scam artists claim to be "FEMA certified." The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) neither certifies nor endorses any private-sector contractor. Individuals and government entities should be extremely cautious when hiring contractors after any disaster.

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