Missouri Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding (DR-1463)

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

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 27, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Though Disaster Recovery Centers have closed, help is still available for individuals and business owners in Missouri who were affected by the May tornadoes, severe storms and flooding. "Disaster assistance is still only a phone call away," said Mike Karl, federal coordinating officer for the Missouri recovery effort. "We encourage anyone who hasn't registered for federal and state disaster assistance to do so before the July 7 deadline."
June 26, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- One week remains for eligible applicants to submit proposals for hazard mitigation projects to the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for possible funding assistance. Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. To be considered for federal cost-share funding, project proposals must be received by SEMA by July 7, 2003.
June 25, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- First responders arrived on the scene, within minutes, when tornadoes ripped through Missouri in early May. Many individuals and families needed immediate help, and these responders provided that critical assistance. In disasters, local police and fire departments, emergency medical professionals, county and state emergency management personnel and volunteer agencies rush into the path of destruction to administer much-needed medical assistance; locate survivors who may have been buried under debris; set up shelters; and prepare, serve and deliver meals.
June 24, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- To date, more than $28.8 million in disaster assistance has been approved for Missourians in response to the May tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, federal and state disaster officials said today. The following summarizes disaster assistance efforts to date:
June 23, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Two weeks remain for those who haven't yet applied for state and federal disaster assistance to make an application. "We will continue to process applications, but the deadline for registering is July 7," said Mike Karl, federal coordinating officer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
June 19, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Residents in Jefferson County will have a few extra days to visit the joint Disaster Recovery Center in De Soto, which will remain open through Thursday, June 26, according to an announcement by state and federal disaster officials today.

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