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 14, 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 nine 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 severe storms and tornadoes since May 4.
May 12, 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, these disaster-recovery specialists began visiting local officials and those affected by the severe storms both in DeSoto and the Cape Girardeau area -- two of the many eastern Missouri communities that recently became eligible for state and federal disaster assistance.
May 12, 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 12, 2003
News Release
Springfield, MO -- A mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened in Pierce City Monday afternoon (May 12) to assist citizens affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that have hit the area for the last week. The center, located in a FEMA semi-trailer truck, is stationed in the parking lot of St. Mary's Catholic Church, 7566 Jackson in Pierce City. The FEMA truck will be alongside the "Big Blue" MCI Communications van that was brought in to provide telephones for storm victims to call in their applications for state/FEMA disaster assistance.
May 7, 2003
News Release
Kansas City, KS -- As clean-up efforts from last weekend's severe storms continue, state and federal disaster recovery officials are urging impacted Kansans and Missourians to make a phone call that can register them for possible disaster assistance.
May 6, 2003
News Release
Washington, D.C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush has declared a major disaster for Missouri, opening the way for the use of federal disaster funds to help meet the recovery needs of families and businesses devastated by last Sunday's swarm of deadly tornadoes.

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