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 19, 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.
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.
May 19, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- A toll-free application telephone number is now operational for those who suffered property damage or loss in the declared counties affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding occurring May 6 through 11.
May 16, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- State, federal, local and voluntary agencies continue to help Missouri residents affected by the recent tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding. Recovery services summary at close of business Thursday, May 15, 2003:
May 16, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- Disaster assistance has been made available for 18 more Missouri counties to help residents and local governments recover from the effects of recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in Missouri, state and federal disaster recovery officials announced today. The 18 additional counties now eligible for individual assistance are: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Howard, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Moniteau, Montgomery, Osage, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, and Shelby.
May 15, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- In the first days and weeks following a disaster, residents may be misled by half-truths and rumors they hear about how to get help from the various available assistance programs. After experiencing a disaster, the last thing victims need is misinformation. According to state and federal disaster recovery officials, the best way to avoid that is to call and find out for yourself just what kind of assistance is available.

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