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 10, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Searching for a Father's Day gift for the dad who has everything? Consider a weather radio. The tornadoes and storms that pummeled much of Missouri last month underscored the value of weather radios, battery-operated radios that broadcast National Weather Service warnings and watches 24 hours a day.
June 9, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- On Thursday, June 12, the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Antioch Mall in Kansas City will close at 6 p.m., leaving six Disaster Recovery Centers open in Missouri to provide disaster relief information and assistance. Disaster Recovery Centers are coordinated by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
June 9, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- To date, more than $21.6 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 9, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- The stress and disruption caused by natural disaster may affect children more than anyone, according to mental health experts. Parents and caregivers should be alert to signs of trouble, and how to handle them. For children ages 5 years or younger, watch for such behaviors as: crying more frequently than usual, clinging, having nightmares, showing excessive fear of the dark, fear of animals, fear of being alone, changing appetites, speaking with difficulty, or returning to outgrown behaviors such as bed-wetting or thumb-sucking.
June 5, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- If you were affected by the May tornadoes, storms and flooding, be aware that some unscrupulous contractors may try to take advantage of you. "I urge everyone who is undertaking repairs of disaster-damaged homes and businesses to be very careful when contracting for repairs," said Mike Karl, federal coordinating officer for the Missouri recovery effort.
June 5, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Picking up the pieces after a disaster is hard for anyone. But imagine the challenges for the elderly and those with special needs who watched the May tornadoes and storms pummel their neighborhoods, leaving behind massive tree limbs and other debris. As a result of the disaster and in response to Missourians with special needs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission-assigned AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps, to lend a collective hand and heart to the clean-up effort.

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