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 5, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- As if losing a home weren't bad enough, some Missourians also lost jobs as a result of the recent severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that devastated the state earlier this month. For those who have become unemployed or suffered a loss of income as a result of the disaster, the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program may help.
June 4, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- The emotional consequences of a disaster such as the May tornadoes, severe storms and flooding experienced in Missouri can be far reaching and long lasting. "Losing a home, business, or personal property to disaster takes a financial toll on survivors," said Mike Karl, federal coordinating officer for the Missouri recovery effort. "But the emotional toll a disaster exacts can be devastating, too. A survivor's emotional well-being also needs to be addressed."
June 4, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- In response to the tornado, severe storms and flooding that began May 4, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated 31 Missouri counties eligible for Public Assistance.
June 4, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- After a review of disaster damages in Gasconade County, federal disaster assistance has been expanded in Gasconade County to include Public Assistance (Infrastructure), state and federal officials announced today. The designation will help governmental entities, public utilities and certain non-profit organizations in Gasconade County pay for eligible costs resulting from damages caused by tornadoes, severe storms and flooding since May 4.
June 3, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Two Disaster Recovery Centers will close this week, leaving seven Disaster Recovery Centers open in Missouri to provide disaster relief information and assistance. On Thursday, June 5, the Disaster Recovery Center in Battlefield will close at 6 p.m. On Friday, June 6, the Disaster Recovery Center in Camdenton will close at 6 p.m. Disaster Recovery Centers are coordinated by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
June 3, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Individuals who suffered damage from the Missouri tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that began May 4 and were insured may still be eligible for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "If you were uninsured or your insurance policy did not cover some of your disaster-related damages or losses, FEMA may be able to help," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Karl. "If your insurance company did not fully cover your losses, take the first step and register with FEMA."

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