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
WICHITA, Kan. -- In the first week that residents of Sedgwick County have been eligible for state and federal disaster aid, more than $133,000 in Disaster Housing Assistance has been paid to residents affected by the tornadoes. Also, the first Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG) checks were processed by the state of Kansas today, May 11. On May 4, President Clinton declared Sedgwick County a major disaster area. The declaration made residents and business owners in that county eligible to apply for various disaster assistance programs.
May 11, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued over 5,500 disaster loan applications to victims of deadly tornadoes that ravaged communities in Oklahoma and Kansas last week, SBA Administrator Aida Alvarez said today.

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