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 -- 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 29, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS -- Individuals from Haskell, Meade, and Seward counties who are out of work as a direct result of the tornadoes and storms beginning May 4 and continuing, may be eligible for benefit payments under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. The DUA program extends coverage to people who are not eligible for unemployment compensation under the regular state unemployment insurance program. Those who may qualify include self-employed persons, farm workers, and individuals who are unable to work due to injury resulting from the disaster.
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 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 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.
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:

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