tornado recovery News

6 Small Businesses Share Disaster Recovery Stories

As small business owners in Hawaii and California clean up following Hurricane Lane and wildfires, they’ll find there’s no one formula for recovery. The same disaster can devastate businesses in divergent ways – a hurricane might tear the roof off …

Disaster Declaration Approved for Connecticut’s Tornado Recovery

U.S. President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Connecticut following severe storms that included four tornadoes. The tornadoes touched down in six towns in Connecticut during the May 15 storms. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked the federal …

Joplin School District Still Haggling with FEMA over Cost of Tornado Repairs

More than six years after a deadly tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, the heavily damaged local school district has rebuilt. Exactly how much of those costs the district will have to shoulder remains up in the air. The district is …

Mississippi Long-Term Recovery Agency Back to Work in Tornado-Ravaged Areas

The long-term recovery agency in Hattiesburg, Miss., R3SM, is still getting some of its people in place, but officials with the organization say it is ready to take on the huge job of leading three of the four counties hit …

Mississippi County Hit by Tornado Faces Challenge of Starting Over

Rescuers were still looking for people missing after Monday’s tornado when Louisville and Winston County officials started thinking about long-term recovery. The county of 19,000 people in east Mississippi faces three major challenges — housing for hundreds left homeless, rebuilding …

Moore, Joplin Mayors: Majority of Tornado-Stricken Homes Being Rebuilt

Mayors from two communities hit by deadly EF5 tornadoes in recent years say more than three-quarters of residents who were displaced have rebuilt their homes or intend to do so. It’s been almost three years since the town of Joplin …

Oklahoma Insurance Department Hosting Tornado Survivor Claims, Tax Forum

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is hosting a consumer assistance event to help tornado survivors with their insurance claims and inform them of important tax information, including possible deductions, the state insurance department announced. Doak, along with Todd Pefferman, …

Arkansas Receives More than $700K for Tornado Recovery

The U.S. Labor Department has given $702,741 to help Arkansas recover from tornadoes and severe storms that hit the state last May and June. The agency said the National Emergency Grant is being given to the Arkansas Department of Workforce …

In Rural Mississippi, Recovery Uneven a Year After Tornado

A year after a strong tornado hit Mississippi’s rural Pearl River County, residents are recovering unevenly. Sue Hubbard’s family has a new metal roof on their new house, thanks in part to insurance payments. But the Sun Herald reported that …

More than 56K Tons of Debris Cleared in Moore, Oklahoma

More than 56,000 tons of debris have been removed from the 19 neighborhoods in Moore, Okla., that were affected by the deadly tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb last month, city officials said. The cost of the work …