South Dakota Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes (DR-1280)

Incident period: June 4, 1999 to June 18, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 9, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 11, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Although the application period for federal assistance has expired, individuals can still call the FEMA Helpline regarding questions on disaster aid. "If you have registered for assistance, the Helpline professionals can help answer questions about your application, explain FEMA programs, and make referrals to other agencies," explained Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Del Brewer. "At this point, the Helpline is the only way to contact FEMA with questions about disaster aid."
August 11, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- When the tornadoes hit the Pine Ridge Reservation it set off a chain of events that changed the lives of nearly everyone on the Reservation. In the case of Del Brewer, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who left the Reservation in 1958 to attend college, the tornado brought him home again.
August 11, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The recovery effort on the Pine Ridge Reservation continues as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of South Dakota have together activated the Individual and Family Grant (IFG) Program. The program will provide grants to cover eligible losses resulting from the early June tornadoes, severe storms and flooding. The IFG program is designed to meet the necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster that cannot be met by other sources. The program cannot duplicate benefits already provided by another agency.
August 6, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Disaster assistance has reached $1,251,903 for survivors of the early June tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that the Pine Ridge Reservation suffered. Disaster Assistance Summary
August 2, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation who suffered losses because of the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding of June 4 and 5 have only one week to register for federal and state disaster recovery assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Monday, August 9 is the last day applications will be accepted.
July 30, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The Wal-Mart Corporation has donated the use of five tractor-trailers to store donations coming into the Pine Ridge Reservation for survivors of the June 4 and 5 storms and tornadoes. Currently, donations of food, clothing and furniture are being stored in classrooms at the Loneman School on the Reservation. However, the rooms must be cleared by July 30 in order to prepare them for the upcoming school year.

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