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

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 10, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- New information on the Federal, state and local response to the Texas disaster. A federal/state Disaster Field Office in Texarkana will be fully operational tomorrow. Disaster Statistics: 1 death; 22 injuries. Homes affected: 114 Business affected: 31 Four Federal/State Community Relations teams will begin canvassing the DeKalb area tomorrow.
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 6, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal disaster aid was made available today for Texas families and businesses in Bowie County victimized by tornadoes and other violent weather earlier this week, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA Director James Lee Witt said President Clinton authorized the assistance under a major disaster declaration issued for the state this afternoon. The declaration covers damage from severe storms and tornadoes that struck the area on May 4.

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