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 2, 2002
News Release
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.
October 1, 2002
News Release
Indianapolis, IN -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) are sending a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to four locations to take information to individuals who may have questions after they have applied for disaster assistance. To apply for assistance, residents in the disaster-declared counties should call 1 800 621-3362 (TTY 1 800 462-7585). These are temporary locations. Residents may visit a mobile DRC at any of the following times and locations:
September 30, 2002
News Release
Indianapolis, IN -- To help meet the ongoing needs of Indiana tornado and severe storm victims, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) are opening five Disaster Recovery Centers tomorrow (October 1) in Marion, Morgan and Monroe counties.
September 30, 2002
News Release
Indianapolis, IN -- Disaster assistance for Johnson, Knox, Marion, Monroe, Morgan and Posey counties has been expanded to include aid for local governments affected by the recent tornadoes and severe storms in Indiana, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
September 27, 2002
News Release
Indianapolis, IN -- If you were affected by the September 20 tornadoes and severe storms you should be aware that some unscrupulous contractors might try to take advantage of you. "If you have disaster-related damages, I urge you to be very careful when contracting for repairs," Bill Lokey, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Coordinating Officer said. "I do not want you to be come a victim a second time."
September 26, 2002
News Release
Indianapolis, IN -- A toll-free application telephone number is now operational for those who suffered property damage or loss in the declared counties affected by the Tornadoes and Severe Storms of September 20, 2002. Even if residents have already registered with a local volunteer agency, they need to call the FEMA teleregistration number to be eligible for federal and state programs.

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