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
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management will open a Disaster Recovery Center in DeKalb for victims of the recent severe storms and tornadoes. The Center will open at the DeKalb Middle School, 845 S.W. Front Street on Thursday, May 13. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays until further notice.
May 10, 1999
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 10, 1999
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 6, 1999
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.