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 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.
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.
May 10, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- New information on the Federal, state and local response to the Kansas disaster.
May 10, 1999
News Release
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.

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