Teams reassess tornado damage after FEMA request denied

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KOKOMO (Dec. 16, 2013) – Assessment teams will take another look at tornado damage in Kokomo this week after the federal government denied the state’s request for federal disaster assistance.

The state is appealing that decision, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has requested additional joint damage assessments for Howard County and several other counties affected by the Nov. 17 tornado outbreak. The additional assessments began Monday and will continue through the end of the week, according to officials with the Department of Homeland Security.

FEMA, IDHS and the Howard County Emergency Management Agency are surveying the damage. Officials said the goal is to do it as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Teams will compile tornado damage across six counties and categorize it according to FEMA guidelines.

If the state’s appeal is successful, it would help storm victims get money to repair the damage.