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

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

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August 19, 1999
News Release
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Disaster recovery teams are now in the field inspecting homes and businesses damaged in the recent tornado, according to state and federal disaster officials. Individuals who have applied for disaster assistance can expect to hear from several different inspectors within the coming week.
August 16, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid for Utah was ordered by President Clinton today to supplement tornado recovery efforts Salt Lake City. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said President Clinton authorized the assistance this afternoon under a major disaster declaration issued for the state at the request of Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. The declaration covers damage from last Wednesday's tornado that barreled through downtown Salt Lake City.

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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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