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

May 29, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- For about the cost of remodeling a bathroom, you can survive a tornado by creating a Safe Room. This specially designed room can save lives by giving a part of your house and you a "suit of armor."
May 28, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Don't despair if you received a letter from FEMA stating that $0 disaster assistance is available to you. It may be that FEMA cannot complete the assistance evaluation process until your insurance claim is settled. You may still be eligible for disaster funds and other types of assistance.
May 27, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- More than $8.1 million in federal disaster assistance grants and low-interest loans has been approved for people in the 68 Missouri counties affected by the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that began May 4, disaster officials announced today. Recovery services summary as of close of business Monday, May 26, 2003:
May 23, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- You rarely can run from a tornado. But, for about the cost of remodeling a bathroom, you can survive a tornado-by fortifying a small part of your house to stand up to high winds and flying debris. Safe Rooms can save lives by giving a part of your house, and you, a "suit of armor."
May 22, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Storm-affected residents and business owners eager to move along their recovery likely will need one or more contractors to help repair disaster damages or rebuild their homes and businesses. That's why state and federal disaster recovery officials are urging citizens to be smart consumers when it comes to choosing professional help. To help the process go as smoothly as possible, follow these suggestions:
May 22, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Federal and state recovery officials today announced that two Disaster Recovery Centers will close soon. In Pierce City, the Disaster Recovery Center will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 23. Those who live and work in the Pierce City area are invited to visit the Disaster Recovery Center in nearby Mount Vernon. The center in Bolivar will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, as originally announced.

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