Illinois Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1513)

Incident period: April 20, 2004 to April 23, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 23, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 30, 2004
News Release
Note to Editors: Federal and state agencies are working in partnership to help Illinois residents following the recent severe storms and tornadoes. They need simple, easy to understand information, which answers their most basic questions. Understanding the steps of the federal/state recovery process can help people reduce the confusion brought on by disaster, sort out the information available, and make the decisions required to begin rebuilding lives.
April 27, 2004
News Release
OTTAWA, 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 and tornadoes that began on April 20th.
April 26, 2004
News Release
OTTAWA, Ill. -- To help meet the ongoing needs of Illinois tornado victims, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) are opening Disaster Recovery Centers on Wednesday, April 28, in Granville, Joliet and Utica. These centers provide a single location where people are able to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists.
April 24, 2004
News Release
OTTAWA, Ill. - A toll-free application telephone number is now operational for those who suffered property damage or loss in the declared counties affected by the tornadoes of April 20, 2004.
April 23, 2004
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush has authorized the release of federal disaster funds to help meet the recovery needs of Illinois families and businesses ravaged by the string of deadly tornadoes that hit the northern part of the state earlier this week.

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