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June 16, 2003
News Release
Miami, FL -- Miami-Dade County residents and business owners who sustained damages because of the March 27 severe storms and tornadoes have until June 24 to register for disaster assistance, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials.
June 3, 2003
News Release
Miami, FL -- Victims of the March 27 severe storms and tornados who receive a loan application from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) should take the time to fill it out - even if they don't want a loan, urged disaster recovery officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the SBA. Many of the people who call the toll-free number - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - and apply for assistance will receive a SBA loan application within seven to ten days of making the call.
June 2, 2003
News Release
Miami, FL -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) lends a helping hand to those impacted by disasters, such as the Miami-Dade County residents and business owners whose lives were disrupted on March 27 by a spate of tornadoes and severe storms. For the two government entities, it is a balancing act: on one hand, delivering aid - mostly financial - to those in need; on the other hand, protecting taxpayers' money.
May 27, 2003
News Release
Miami, FL -- One month after the presidential declaration of Miami-Dade County as a disaster area, local residents and business owners continue rebuilding their lives and commerce. To qualify for help under various federal, state and local programs, applicants must have suffered damages directly caused by the March 27 severe storms and tornadoes. The following summarizes aid approved to date by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM).
May 19, 2003
News Release
Miami, FL -- The tornadoes and severe storms that wreaked havoc in Miami-Dade County on March 27 2003, demonstrated the value of hurricane shutters. In a high-wind event, the coverings can make the difference between a house that sustains minimal damage and one that's left unlivable, and between personal belongings that stay intact and those blown in all directions.
May 15, 2003
News Release
Miami, FL -- Residents living in the Miami-Dade County area who applied for assistance because of damages from the severe storms and tornadoes that hit the area on March 27, may still be waiting to have their homes inspected by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors.
May 15, 2003
News Release
Miami, FL --Citing early success in assisting disaster victims at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), federal and state emergency officials announced that they would close the Center, located at the Caleb Center in Liberty City, at the end of the day on Wednesday, May 21.
May 12, 2003
News Release
Miami, FL -- Federal and state officials advise those who have received disaster-assistance funds to use the money carefully. Checks are being mailed to help eligible applicants recover from the March 27 severe storms and tornadoes. "It is our responsibility to help people in need and, at the same time, to make sure that the taxpayers' money is spent correctly," said Justo Hernandez of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the federal coordinating officer for the recovery effort.
May 9, 2003
News Release
Miami, FL -- Federal and state officials announce that more than $4 million has been approved to assist those affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred on March 27 in Miami-Dade County. Current disaster information is as follows:
May 8, 2003
News Release
Miami, FL -- As Floridians recover from the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred on March 27, many will seek contractors to repair or rebuild their homes. Most contractors are reputable individuals. Some, however, may try to take advantage of disaster victims during the reconstruction phase. Don't be a victim twice. Look first to licensed local contractors who have performed well in the past. If they cannot help you, ask them to recommend reputable contractors.

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