Kansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding (DR-1462)

Incident period: May 4, 2003 to May 30, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 6, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 29, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS - Family valuables and heirlooms can sometimes be saved after they've been damaged by the storms and tornadoes that recently struck several counties in Kansas. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides these suggestions for recovering damaged valuables:
May 29, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS -- Less than four weeks after the storms and tornadoes beginning May 4 and continuing, residents of the disaster-declared counties are rapidly receiving aid through state and federal assistance programs. Counties included in the Presidential disaster declaration for both public and individual assistance are Anderson, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Leavenworth, Miami, Neosho, Seward, Woodson and Wyandotte. Additionally, Douglas, Haskell, Meade and Osage counties are included for individual assistance only.
May 28, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS - Residents and businesses that suffered damage from the tornadoes and storms beginning May 4 and continuing and have called the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration number (1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585) may have received a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
May 28, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS -- Understanding the steps of the state/federal recovery process can help those affected by the recent storms make informed decisions to begin rebuilding their lives.
May 27, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS -- Officials from the State of Kansas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a mobile disaster recovery center to assist individuals who were affected by the tornadoes and storms beginning May 4 and continuing. The center will be open in Cherokee County Wednesday, May 28 through Saturday, May 31. The center will be located at:
May 27, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Wind Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University have developed specifications for safe rooms. Having a safe room built into your house can help you protect yourself and your family from injury or death caused by dangerous forces of extreme winds. Emergency response personnel and people cleaning up after tornadoes have often found an interior room of a severely damaged house still standing when little else remains of the structure.

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