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 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.
May 8, 1999
News Release
WICHITA, Kan. -- State and federal officials have established a joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Haysville, Kansas. The DRC is located at: The Old Leeker Building 325 North Main Haysville, Kansas The DRC will open to assist applicants on Monday, May 10. The DRC operating hours will be from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., daily until further notice.
May 8, 1999
News Release
WICHITA, Kan. -- In his recent visit to tornado stricken areas in South Central Kansas, Vice President Al Gore announced that local communties will be reimbursed 100% of the costs for debris removal. This means that communities conducting tornado debris removal operations will be reimbursed in full for these costs through June 3, 1999.
May 7, 1999
News Release
The situation in brief as of 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 7, 1999: President Clinton Thursday issued a major disaster declaration for Bowie County, Texas. The disaster declaration makes available a variety of federal programs to help people and communities recover and rebuild more safely for the future. Additional FEMA resources are moving into all affected areas as disaster field offices are established in Kansas and Oklahoma. Shelter operators report that shelter use is decreasing as temporary housing is identified.
May 7, 1999
News Release
WICHITA, Kan. -- The most important first step is to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling 1-800-462-9029. For those who are hearing or speech impaired, call [TTY] 1-800-462-7585. You will receive information over the phone and by mail regarding programs available and phone numbers for local offices.
May 7, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal, state and local officials are responding to the disasters in Oklahoma and Kansas. The following is the latest information on the situation: Oklahoma

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