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
News Release
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
News Release
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 22, 2003
News Release
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 21, 2003
News Release
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
News Release
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
News Release
Kokomo, IN - Community Relations specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working with the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency and county emergency management directors to reach out to people affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began on July 4.

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