Massachusetts Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1994)
Incident period: June 1, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 15, 2011
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
August 2, 2011
Residents were stunned when a tornado struck the town of Springfield, Mass. Swift response by state and local officials, assisted by relief organizations and volunteers, helped survivors to cope with the disaster. Many survivors observed that it is vital to have a plan before disaster strikes.
August 1, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- People who receive a notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency stating they are ineligible for disaster assistance may be able to use additional records to turn that "no" into a "yes." "Every applicant has the right to appeal a FEMA decision," said Federal Coordinating Officer Nick Russo. "When you do so, you are asking us to review your case again, and we will gladly do that." State and federal disaster assistance is available in Hampden and Worcester counties for survivors of the severe storms and tornadoes that struck Massachusetts June 1.
July 28, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The commonwealth/federal Disaster Recovery Center in Springfield will be closed Saturdays, starting July 30, but will continue with its regular hours of operation Monday through Friday until further notice. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The DRC will be closed both Saturday and Sunday. The center is located at: Massachusetts Technology ParkOne Federal Street, Building #104Springfield, Massachusetts 01105
July 27, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- As residents of Hampden and Worcester counties clean up and rebuild in the aftermath of the severe storms and tornadoes of June 1, they may want to take steps to boost their emotional recovery. "Disasters are stressful and draining for survivors," said Kurt Schwartz, state coordinating officer and director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. "But help is available for people who feel overwhelmed, exhausted or unable to cope."
July 25, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Only three weeks remain for survivors of the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes to register for state and federal disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "We encourage everyone affected by the disaster in Hampden and Worcester counties to register with FEMA before it's too late," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Nick Russo. The deadline to register is Aug. 15, 2011.
July 22, 2011
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- People who are not U.S. citizens, but who are in the United States legally, may still be eligible for disaster assistance for damage from the severe storms and tornadoes that hit Massachusetts June 1, according to officials from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "We don't want any residents who might be eligible to miss out on valuable disaster assistance that could help them get back on their feet," said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Schwartz.