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 21, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- According to federal disaster officials, assistance is available for eligible Missouri farmers who suffered losses during the recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding. "We know farmers were hard hit by this disaster," said Mike Karl, federal coordinating officer for the Missouri recovery effort. "But we can't help them unless they call and register with FEMA for disaster assistance."
May 21, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Federal disaster assistance has been expanded to include certain costs for repairing or replacing disaster-damaged infrastructure and public facilities in five Missouri counties, officials announced today. The designation helps governmental entities, public utilities and certain non-profit organizations pay for eligible costs resulting from damages caused by tornadoes, severe storms and flooding since May 4. The counties in which the expanded assistance is available are: Christian, Greene, Pike, Platte, and Scott.
May 20, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- To meet the needs of Missourians who were displaced from their homes by the recent disaster, the State of Missouri 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 20, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- More than $3.6 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for Missourians affected by the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that began May 4, disaster officials announced today. "Recovering from a major disaster is never easy," said Mike Karl, federal coordinating officer for the recovery effort. "But we're pleased that so many Missourians are using the federal, state and local resources available to them. Our assistance programs are designed to help people as they begin the challenge of rebuilding their homes and lives."
May 20, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will expedite a total of $180,000 to the cities of Battlefield, Carl Junction, Pierce City, and Stockton for emergency work undertaken in response to the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that devastated much of the state earlier this month. "Given the magnitude of this disaster and the severe financial situation in these communities, we put in a request to FEMA for expedited initial funding in these areas," explained Jerry Uhlmann, state coordinating officer for disaster recovery.
May 19, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Relations teams are reaching out to those affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that have hit several Missouri communities since May 4. On Monday, May 19, these disaster-recovery specialists began visiting local officials and those affected by the severe storms in the 18 Missouri counties added to the disaster declaration last week. Team members will visit all disaster-designated counties in Missouri.

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