Texas Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1274)
Incident period: May 4, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 6, 1999
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
June 4, 1999
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- Due to extensive damage received from the May 4 tornados, affected residents of Gregg County are now eligible to apply for federal and state disaster assistance, joining Bowie, Red River and Titus counties.
June 3, 1999
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- In just one month, state and federal officials have approved more than $1,160,000 in disaster recovery funds to help individuals who have applied for help following the May 4 tornadoes in northeast Texas.Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM) today released the following figures on the status of disaster recovery assistance in the four declared counties as of the close of business Wednesday, June 2:
May 28, 1999
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- As State and Federal emergency management officials begin to reflect on the human impacts and knowledge gained from the May 4 tornadoes in northeast Texas, the benefits of advance warning became clearly evident. "Early tornado warning broadcasts to residents of northeastern Texas counties on May 4 undoubtedly saved lives," said Ed Laundy, State Coordinating Officer for the Texas Department of Emergency Management.
May 27, 1999
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- According to state and federal disaster recovery officials, more than 300 Texans have already registered for disaster assistance following the tornado destruction on May 4. For those who may have questions about their applications or disaster assistance programs, a toll-free helpline is available.
May 25, 1999
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- Residents who sustained losses or damage as a result of the recent tornadoes in Bowie, Red River and Titus counties have until Friday evening to visit the FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers in DeKalb, federal and state disaster recovery officials announced today. "The Disaster Recovery Center will be operating from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, May 28," Ed Laundy, state coordinating officer, said. "But even after the center closes FEMA will be as close as a telephone call away," Federal Coordinating Officer Robert Teeri added.
May 22, 1999
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- The Disaster Recovery Center at the DeKalb Middle School will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. The Center provides information and assistance to individuals and businesses in Bowie, Red River, and Titus counties that suffered damages from the May 4 tornadoes. "Our disaster assistance staff will join local residents in pausing to reflect on this important national holiday," said Ed Laundy, State Coordinating Officer. The center will resume it's 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule on Tuesday morning. The center is closed on Sundays.