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 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."
May 16, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS -- The joint state/federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) opened to assist Kansas residents affected by the severe storms and tornadoes beginning May 4 and continuing, will be closed Sundays beginning this weekend. The DRCs will remain open between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.
May 16, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS - Families and individuals in declared counties who have suffered from the tornadoes and storms beginning May 4 and continuing, are quickly receiving assistance from state, federal, local and voluntary agencies. These agencies are working in partnership to speed help to Kansas residents.
May 14, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS -- In the first nine days that tornado-affected residents of Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Miami, Neosho, Crawford, Labette, and Cherokee counties have been eligible for state and federal aid, more that $138,000 in Disaster Housing Assistance has been disbursed. On May 6, President Bush declared the seven Kansas counties a major disaster area. The declaration made residents and business owners in those counties eligible for various disaster assistance programs.
May 14, 2003
News Release
Lenexa, KS -- State and federal officials announced that disaster assistance is now available for four additional Kansas counties. Anderson, Douglas, Osage, and Woodson counties are now eligible for disaster assistance. This assistance comes following a review of additional information regarding damages incurred as a result of severe storms that began May 8, 2003. "The addition of these four counties will greatly help many more people who suffered damage or losses from the tornadoes and storms," said State Coordinating Officer Chuck Bredahl.

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