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Plains States Tornado Disaster Update

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Release date: 
May 11, 1999
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal, state and local officials are responding to the disasters in Oklahoma Kansas, and Texas. Only two people are still missing, both in Oklahoma, and no additional storm-related fatalities have been reported.

As field staff began to take charge of operations, the FEMA Headquarters Emergency Support Team was deactivated as of Monday afternoon.

For complete FEMA coverage of this disaster

  • Debris removal is ready to begin under a contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Emergency Support Function #10 (Hazardous Materials) is working on plans for disposal of household hazardous materials.

  • Door-to-door visits by Community Relations personnel have been completed in Moore and Del City and are underway in other affected areas.

  • Housing needs assessments are underway for displaced victims.

  • An Economic Recovery Program for the town of Stroud is being developed in conjunction with the Economic Development Administration.

  • A Safe Room national pilot program is being developed in conjunction with the State and the Small Business Administration.

  • FEMA is working with the Department of Labor to develop a temporary jobs program under the Joint Training and Partnership Act signed by the President.

For complete FEMA coverage of this disaster

  • FEMA is working with state officials on the issues and strategies for heavy debris disasters like the current tornado disaster.

  • Public Assistance program Kick-Off meetings are in process.

  • Housing assessments indicate rental resources for displaced residents should be plentiful.

  • The first Kansas Disaster Recovery Center, located in Haysville, opened yesterday.

  • FEMA's Kansas City, Mo. ROC (Region VII) will remain active until the Disaster Field Office in Wichita is fully operational.

For complete FEMA coverage of this disaster

  • FEMA Region I Emergency Response Team from Boston, Mass. s is moving into the Texarkana Disaster Field Office (DFO). The DFO is scheduled to be operational by Wednesday, May 12.

  • Community Relations teams door-to-door visits began yesterday.

  • Field assessment of rental resources is underway and debris removal has also begun.

  • FEMA's Regional Operations Center (ROC) in Denton, Texas (Region VI)is still active and supporting operations in Texas.
Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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