Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding (DR-1432)

Incident period: September 2, 2002 to September 6, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 10, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 24, 2002
News Release
Ladysmith, WI -- State and federal officials have announced a change in hours of operation at the Disaster Recovery Center now open in Ladysmith. Beginning this Saturday, September 28, the Center on the Mount Senario campus at 1500 College Avenue West in Ladysmith will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
September 23, 2002
News Release
Ladysmith, WI -- Less than two weeks after President Bush declared a major disaster in Wisconsin, $ 361,424 has been allocated for assistance in recovery from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred on September 2, 2002. Of that total, more than $ 145,000 has been approved for reimbursement of temporary housing costs and for coverage of eligible expenses to make homes safe and habitable.
September 20, 2002
News Release
Ladysmith, WI -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) have a system in place to identify the very small percentage of applicants who try to cash in on others' misfortune. "Managing a multi-million dollar disaster program always means walking a fine line between speedy service to those who need it and ensuring that taxpayer dollars are not misused," Alan B. Shanks, (WEM) state coordinating officer, said.
September 19, 2002
News Release
Ladysmith, WI -- In little more than a week since the President declared 19 counties in Wisconsin a major disaster area, more than a quarter of a million dollars in disaster housing assistance grants and low-interest loans has been approved, state and federal officials announced today. "This early in the recovery process our concern is for people's housing needs. For some, the housing assistance check is just the first check they will receive," said Gracia Szczech, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) federal coordinating officer.
September 18, 2002
News Release
Ladysmith, WI -- Wisconsin residents affected by the storms, flooding and tornadoes that occurred on September 2 can apply for assistance simply by picking up the phone and placing one toll-free call, say state and federal disaster recovery officials. "Applying for disaster assistance is an easy process," Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech said. "It takes just one step, just one call, that can be completed from the privacy of your own home."
September 17, 2002
News Release
Ladysmith, WI -- Homeowners, renters, and business owners who have applied for disaster assistance after the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding will hear soon from damage inspectors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) schedules inspections to verify losses within seven to 10 days after residents have filed applications. "You must first apply for disaster assistance before inspectors will view your damaged property," Gracia Szczech, FEMA's federal coordinating officer, said.

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