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Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2003, 11:40 a.m.
CONTACT: Tanya Allen, Acting Emergency Manager, (816) 889-1426

City of Kansas City, Missouri
Tornado Victim Information


Dangerous Building Inspectors from the Neighborhood and Community Services Department are assessing damage to determine which homes will need emergency demolition. Call (816) 784-4020 for more information on those inspections. The Codes Administration Department will waive permit fees for emergency demolitions. The Fire Department estimates that 20 homes in Kansas City, Mo., have been severely damaged and 50 have moderate damage.


The Environmental Management Department will place dumpsters at various locations in the tornado damaged areas for residents to dispose of spoiled food items. Storm debris of any kind should not be placed in these dumpsters. For dumpster locations call (816) 513-3490. The Health Department advises citizens to discard perishable refrigerated foods that have been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours. When in doubt, throw it out. For more details on food safety call (816) 513-6315.


Citizens are advised to beware of unscrupulous contractors who may try to contact tornado victims. A complete listing of licensed contractors is on the Codes Administration Department’s Web page at Report unscrupulous contractors to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, 1-800-392-8222 or logon to


Kansas City police will continue to patrol the area and limit access only to only emergency workers and residents who live in the area. Residents are required to show photo IDs that include names and addresses to enter the area. Citizens should report suspicious activities to 9-1-1.


The Public Works Department has cleared storm debris from most Kansas City streets and is looking for areas that may have been missed. To report debris blocking Kansas City streets, call (816) 513-9550. Details regarding curbside pickup of tree and limb debris from residences will be announced soon.

Regular trash collection will proceed on Wednesday, with crews prepared for larger pickups.


Personal items such as photos and documents that have scattered throughout the area are being taken to the Northland Corps Community Center, 4300 Parvin Road, (816) 452-5663. Residents are encouraged to check for lost items there and to turn in any found items.


The Water Services Department is providing bottled water to victims at the Fire/Police Staging Area at Vivion and North Oak. Residents also can contact the American Red Cross or Salvation Army to obtain the water.


Citizens with immediate emergency needs such as food, shelter, clothing, clean-up supplies and first aid supplies should contact the following agencies:
American Red Cross – (816) 931-8400
Salvation Army – (816) 471-4337


Antioch Bible Church, 800 N.E. 72nd St., Gladstone
New Covenant Baptist Church, 8501 Northwest 45 Highway, Parkville
Riverside Community Center, 4499 N.W. High Drive, Riverside


Call Kansas City Power & Light, 1-888-LIGHTKC (544-4852).

Kansas City, Mo., Action Center

(816) 513-1313
Citizens with other questions should call the City’s Action Center.

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