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. -- Many residents of Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner counties received losses and damage from the severe storms and tornadoes on May 3. Anyone who suffered storm-related damage should call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration number (1-800-462-9029). "Federal and state disaster assistance is available for everyone, whether your income is low or high, whether or not you have insurance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Curt Musgrave. Specific decisions on loans and grants are made on a case-by-case basis.
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. -- State and federal officials have established a joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Wichita, Kansas. The DRC is located at: 2561-20 South Seneca St. Wichita, Kansas The DRC will open to assist applicants on Thursday, May 13. The DRC operating hours will be from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., daily until further notice.
May 11, 1999
News Release
WICHITA, Kan. -- In response to Governor Bill Graves' request, the counties of Reno and Sumner were added today to President Clinton's disaster declaration of May 4, 1999. Homeowners, renters, farmers, agricultural producers, and business owners in Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties who sustained damage from the severe storms and tornadoes which struck south-central Kansas on May 3, are now eligible for federal assistance.

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