Texas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1439)

Incident period: October 24, 2002 to November 15, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on November 5, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

December 6, 2002
News Release
Corpus Christi, TX -- Disaster aid has reached more than $22 million, according to state and federal officials. The following is a weekly update of the disaster recovery effort.
December 5, 2002
News Release
Corpus Christi, TX -- Preventive measures that reduce damage from the next inevitable disaster is called mitigation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Division of Emergency Management (DEM), Texas Department of Public Safety are partnering to encourage homeowners, renters and business owners to consider some basic, proven mitigation in the aftermath of the recent flooding. "It's critical that residents invest in mitigation aimed at preventing or minimizing damage from future flooding," said Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman.
December 4, 2002
News Release
Corpus Christi, TX -- To better serve those affected by the severe weather and flooding that occurred Oct. 24 through Nov. 15, state and federal officials will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Taft. The DRC will be located at the Hidalgo Community Center, 102 Allende St. in Taft, Texas. The center will open on Saturday, Dec. 7 and remain open Mon. - Wed., Dec. 9-11. Hours will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The DRC will not be open on Sunday, Dec. 8.
December 3, 2002
News Release
Corpus Christi, TX -- To better serve those affected by the severe weather and flooding that occurred Oct. 24 through Nov. 15, the Conroe Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will remain open until the close of business on Dec. 6. The center was originally scheduled to close on Dec. 4. The DRC is located at the Lone Star Convention and Exposition Barn, 9055 FM 1484 in Conroe, Texas. Hours are from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
December 3, 2002
News Release
Corpus Christi, TX -- The emotional consequences of any disaster can be far reaching and long lasting. Stress can surface in many forms and can affect children as well as adults. Emotional turmoil has no timetable and often appears weeks or even months after the traumatic event. Crisis counseling helps disaster victims deal with emotional reactions, such as sadness or anger, caused by stressful situations. Counselors can help adults and children gain emotional control by offering them coping mechanisms, including stress management techniques.
December 2, 2002
News Release
Corpus Christi, TX -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Texas announce that beginning on Dec. 8 all Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will be closed on Sundays. The centers will continue to serve those in need Mon.-Sat. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Currently, a short-term DRC is open in Conroe at the Lone Star Convention and Exposition Building, 9055 FM 1484. This center will be open for three days only, Dec. 2-4 (Mon.-Wed.). Other DRC locations are as follows:

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