Indiana Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1433)
Incident period: September 20, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 25, 2002
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
October 10, 2002
Indianapolis, IN -- Although banks, post offices and most federal and state agencies will be closed Monday to celebrate Columbus Day, disaster recovery specialists will still be on duty. Indiana residents affected by the tornadoes and severe storms can apply for assistance simply by picking up the phone and placing a call.
October 8, 2002
12:54 PM 7/31/2003 Indianapolis, IN -- In less than two weeks since Indiana was declared a major disaster area, $1,016,747 in grants and low-interest loans have been approved for victims of the tornadoes and severe storms. Already more than 1,300 residents in the 32 disaster-declared counties have applied for assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).
October 8, 2002
Indianapolis, IN -- Tornado victims in Lawrence and Ellettsville have a few more days to visit the Disaster Recovery Centers in their communities. Disaster officials announced today these two locations will be closing Saturday evening, but assistance is still only a phone call away or available at one of the three centers that will remain open Mondays through Saturdays.
October 7, 2002
Indianapolis, IN -- Tornado and severe storm victims in disaster-declared Indiana counties do not need to be concerned that their applications for assistance will reduce the amounts available for their neighbors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and voluntary organizations are providing a wide range of programs and services for those affected by the devastating weather of September 20. Nearly 1,300 Indiana residents have already applied for disaster assistance.
October 4, 2002
Indianapolis, IN -- Most federal disaster assistance programs are designed to meet emergency needs in the form of disaster grants for immediate housing requirements and emergency repairs. These programs are meant to help people begin their recovery; they are not designed to return people's lives to their pre-disaster conditions.
October 2, 2002
Indianapolis, IN -- In just a week since the President declared 32 counties in Indiana a major disaster area, nearly half a million dollars in disaster housing assistance grants and low-interest loans have been issued to assist those affected by the tornadoes and severe storms, state and federal officials announced today.