Indiana Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1476)
Incident period: July 4, 2003 to August 6, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on July 11, 2003
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
July 23, 2003
Kokomo, IN -- Temporary Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Terre Haute on Thursday, July 24, and Decatur on Friday, July 25, to serve victims of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred July 4 and after, announced officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
July 22, 2003
Kokomo, IN -- Victims of July severe storms, tornadoes and flooding who receive a loan application from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) should take the time to fill it out - even if they don't want a loan, urged disaster recovery officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Many of the people who call the toll-free number - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - and apply for assistance will receive a SBA loan application within seven to ten days of making the call.
July 22, 2003
FEMA/SEMA After The Flood Home Maintenance Series: (1) Be Careful When Pumping Out Flooded Basements
Kokomo, IN -- Indiana residents who return to flooded homes are urged to take care when pumping water out of basements. Draining the water too fast could cause the collapse of the cellar walls, floors and foundation of the house. The water must be drained slowly to equalize pressure on both sides of the wall.
July 21, 2003
Kokomo, IN - Indiana residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began July 4 can apply for assistance simply by picking up the phone and placing a call, according to state and federal disaster recovery officials. "I want to clear up any confusion about the application process," Thomas J. Costello, FEMA's federal coordinating officer, said. "It's a one-step, one call process that can be completed from the privacy of your home. You do not have to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to complete the application process."
July 19, 2003
Kokomo, IN -- In the first few days following a flood disaster, residents may be misled by rumors they hear about flood insurance and what type of disaster assistance is available. When you have suffered a loss, the last thing you need is misinformation.
July 18, 2003
Kokomo, IN - Every disaster has its share of con artists trying to take advantage of disaster victims, so be careful who you let into your home. If your house was damaged in the July storms and flooding and someone appears at your door claiming to be a damage inspector, ask for identification, urge officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).