Missouri Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1412)

Incident period: April 24, 2002 to June 10, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 6, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 4, 2002
News Release
Poplar Bluff, MO -- Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open Friday, June 7, in Lamar and Springfield to help individuals and businesses affected by severe storms, tornadoes and floods that started in late April and extended into May. The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will operate the centers. Addresses are:
June 3, 2002
News Release
Poplar Bluff, MO -- To help local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations apply for federal disaster recovery assistance, a series of briefings is scheduled for those counties declared eligible for Public Assistance in connection with the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding beginning April 24 and continuing.
June 3, 2002
News Release
Poplar Bluff, MO -- The joint federal/state Disaster Field Office (DFO) that had been located in Poplar Bluff has relocated to Columbia. This office is provides a base of operations for administering assistance programs available to Missourians as a result of President Bush's May 6 disaster declaration. It is NOT designated to provide direct customer service to the public.
May 31, 2002
News Release
Poplar Bluff, MO -- Federal disaster funds have been made available for 22 more Missouri counties to help local governments rebuild public property damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding beginning April 24 and continuing, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the assistance was approved following a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.
May 30, 2002
News Release
Poplar Bluff, MO -- You don't need to live near water to be flooded. Flooding can be caused by storms, melting snow, water backup from inadequate or overloaded drainage systems and dam or levee failure.
May 29, 2002
News Release
Poplar Bluff, MO -- More than 750 people have applied for disaster assistance and almost $1.75 million has been issued in recovery grants and loans throughout 48 counties since President Bush declared a major disaster on May 6 in southeast Missouri for the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding beginning April 24. Another 18 counties have been declared for Public Assistance only, resulting in a total of 66 counties receiving some form of federal and state assistance.

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