Illinois Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1469)

Incident period: May 6, 2003 to May 11, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 15, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 23, 2003
News Release
Springfield, IL -- Community Relations specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and county emergency management directors to reach out to people affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 6 through May 11. Eligible counties include Adams, Alexander, Brown, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Mason, Massac, McDonough, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Schuyler, Tazewell and Woodford.
May 23, 2003
News Release
Springfield, IL -- Although banks, post offices and most federal and state agencies will be closed Monday to celebrate Memorial Day, disaster recovery specialists will still be on duty. Illinois residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding can apply for assistance simply by picking up the phone and placing a call.
May 19, 2003
News Release
Springfield, IL -- Three Disaster Recovery Centers will open on Thursday, May 22 to serve Illinois victims of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 6 through May 11, announced officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).
May 19, 2003
News Release
Springfield, IL -- 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 15, 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 Illinois, opening the way for the use of federal disaster funds to help meet the recovery needs of families and businesses devastated by the string of violent tornadoes and other extreme weather that struck the state last week.

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