ASSISTANCE

T.I.R.S.E.K.
(Tornado Interagency Recovery of Southeast Kansas)

Thanks to Kip Kennedy for attending our October 5, 2003 meeting about the rebuilding of Franklin.   Kip provided us with valuable information about help that is available to residents.   Following are links to a letter that was sent to Southeast Kansas Residents, an application form and the May 16, 2003 issue of Recovery Times which has much valuable information for disaster victims.    

Letter from T.I.R.S.E.K.
Application
Recovery Times 05/16/2003

Disaster Recovery Center Open
(This is no longer available in Arma.)


Crawford County, Ks.  -  To further assist individuals and businesses affected by the severe tornadoes that began May 4, the State of Kansas and the Federal Emeergency Management Agency (FEMA) are opening a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Crawford County.  The loction is the Arma Community Center, 508 East Washington Street, Arma, Ks.   Effective Monday, May 12, 2003 the hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm until further notice.  

Disaster Recover Centers are designed to provife personal assistance to those who have already applied for help and may have further questions.  The centers are staffed by state, federal and voluntary agencies, including loan officers from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). PLEASE NOTE:  Financial assistance is not directly provided from these centers.



DISASTER ASSISTANCE

Apply by Phone:  1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Please have the following information available when you call:
If you are eligible for disaster assistance, you may choose to have the assistance check deposited direvctly into your bank account.  Provide bank account information only when YOU call the number above.  

Government disaster assistance covers basic neefds only and will not normally compensate you for your entire loss.  I fyou have insurance, the goernment may help pay for basic neefds not covered under your insurance policy.  Some disaster aid does not have to be paid bak, while other forms of help may come in the form of loans.  


Disaster Child Care offering free services for many area residents
(Please check with the United Methodist Campus Center to see if this is still available)
Starting today, free child care will be provided for southeast Kansas and Carl Junction, Mo., area residents who were impacted by the May 4 tornadoes.

Care will be available from noon to 8 p.m. for children aged 6 and younger at the United Methodist Campus Center, 201 E. Williams.

Disaster Child Care is a program of Emergency Response/Service Ministries of the Church of the Brethren General Board, based at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md.

"While their parents or guardians work with clean-up and other activities related to the disaster, they may bring the children to us," said Lorna J. Grow, project manager.

She said that a crew of five persons, all volunteers, will come in from Iowa to serve as staff. "All of the caregivers are trained and certified, and have undergone background checks," she said.

Grow said that Disaster Child Care was established in 1980. "Our national disaster coordinator at the time realized that children weren't being cared for during times of disaster," she said. "He went to the national office and worked with a child development specialist to develop this program. In 1980 we provided our first child care, at a flood in Kalamazoo, Mich."

While this is a Church of the Brethren ministry, Grow said that the program is ecumenical, with volunteers from many denominations and faith communities.

They are trained to provide personal attention, comfort and acceptance to children whose homes and families have been impacted by a disaster, as well give these children the opportunity and encouragement to express their feelings through appropriate play activities. They can also provide information, counsel and comfort to parents, other disaster workers, churches, schools and the community concerning the impact of disaster on children.

Volunteers sometimes have to provide these services in difficult situations.

"We've done child care under stairwells, in closets and garages," Grow said, adding that she is very grateful to have the use of facilities at the United Ministries Center.

Disaster Child Care works in cooperation with the American Red cross, and also networks with other agencies.

Grow said that no time line has been set regarding the presence of Disaster Child Care in the area.

"This will be dictated by the need," she said. "If there aren't any children who need care, we'll pack up and go home. If there are, we'll be here."


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