Utah Tornado, Severe Thunderstorms and Hail (DR-1285)

Incident period: August 11, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 16, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 31, 1999
News Release
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- The Salt Lake County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at 309 E. 100 South, is scheduled to close at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. The DRC, which will be open 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through Thursday, is a joint center staffed by state, federal and voluntary agency officials who are able to answer questions and provide information about the types of disaster assistance that may be available to registered victims of the August 11 tornado.
August 30, 1999
News Release
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Utah have established a special toll-free phone number to answer questions from tornado-affected residents in Salt Lake County regarding disaster assistance. Representatives from FEMA are available at 1-800-525-0321 to answer questions about the assistance process, including the status of applications. The TTY number for those with a speech and/or hearing impairment is 1-800-462-7585. Helpline representatives are available Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
August 28, 1999
News Release
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), a partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in assisting the people of Salt Lake County to recover from the devastation caused by the August 11 tornado, has issued its first checks to victims for low-interest loans.
August 27, 1999
News Release
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- State and federal disaster recovery officials are alerting Utah residents affected by the August 11 tornado that the Utah edition of "Recovery" is now available as an important resource. "Recovery" is a newsletter produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with input from state, local, and federal agencies and volunteer organizations. It provides information for disaster victims about disaster assistance programs, the response and recovery process, and mitigation and preparedness activities.
August 24, 1999
News Release
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Individual taxpayers who sustained losses as a result of the recent tornado, hail, and severe thunderstorms in Salt Lake County may be able to get tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). "Taxpayers may claim casualty losses immediately by amending their 1998 tax return," said IRS District Director Representative for Utah Richard Taylor. "It can be one of the fastest sources for obtaining financial help after experiencing disaster-related losses."
August 19, 1999
News Release
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Utah Comprehensive Emergency Management (CEM) are opening a Disaster Recovery Center in Salt Lake City at noon on Thursday, August 19. Disaster Recovery Center Episcopal Jubilee Center 309 East 100 South Salt Lake City, Utah

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Photo of Gov. Leavitt and Director Weiland at a media conferenceUtah Governor Mike Leavitt and FEMA Region VIII Director Rick Weiland (on left) explain the disaster process to the media at the capital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also pictured (left to right) Commissioner of Public Safety Craig Dearden, State Representative Merrill Cook, Chairman of Salt Lake County Commissioners Marry Callaghan, and Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Caradini. FEMA Photo/Andrea Booher

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