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 24, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS -- For the construction of disaster resistant buildings, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises that builders must be aware that the primary places that winds can take hold are at the spots where the building meets the foundation or where it's connected at the tops of the walls and roof.
May 23, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS - Less than three 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 22, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS -- Three new counties have now been added to the president's federal disaster declaration of May 6 following the recent tornadoes and flooding. "The May 6 disaster declaration has been ammended to include Haskell, Meade and Seward counties for individual assistance."said Mike Hall, Federal Coordinating Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Seward County is also eligible for public assistance."
May 22, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS - Joint State of Kansas and federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC's) will remain open for the Memorial Day holiday, observed on Monday, May 26, 2003. The Kansas Disaster Recovery Centers are open in the following locations: Eisenhower Recreation Center 2901 North 72nd Street Kansas City, Kansas Arma Community Center 508 E. Washington St. Arma, Kansas Hours of operation for BOTH locations are:
May 19, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS - To meet the needs of Kansas tornado victims who have been displaced from their homes, the State of Kansas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working in partnership to provide temporary housing options which may include mobile homes or travel trailers.
May 19, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS - Individuals who are out of work as a direct result of the tornadoes and storms beginning May 4 and continuing may be eligible for weekly 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," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall. "Those who may qualify include self-employed persons, farm workers, and individuals who are unable to work due to injury resulting from the disaster."

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