Utilities, government agencies, charities and service organizations are all offering help to tornado victims in Greensburg. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
AT&T has made arrangements for Greensburg storm victims to receive call forwarding at no charge. Request by calling 1-800-464-7928. Eight public phones have been installed west of the courthouse where anyone can make local or long distance calls in the United States without charge.
Customers served by the Greensburg Post Office can pick up their mail and obtain retail services at the Pratt Post Office, 202 E. 3rd St., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The office will be open for mail pick up services only from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Rural deliveries will be made wherever it is safe and possible to do so. Customers the rural carrier is unable to reach will need to pick up their mail from the Pratt Post Office.
A mobile station has been established in Haviland for residents to replace drivers' licenses. For information call Freda Warfield at the Department of Revenue, 785-296-3042. Car titles for residents of Kiowa County are available at the Pratt County Treasurer's office in the courthouse.
Apply at the SRS office in Pratt, located on the second floor of the Texas Energies Building, 400 South Main.
Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available for workers affected by the tornado. Those who may be eligible include self-employed individuals, farm workers, those who are unable to work because of injury from the disaster, those whose workplace is closed and those who become the major financial support due to death of the head of the household. Applications may be completed at the Disaster Center in the gymnasium at Barclay College. Kansas Department of Labor staff will be on site May 9, 10, and 11 and applications must be filed by June 5. Applications can also be obtained by calling 1-800-292-6333.
Small business loans
Low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration will be available to cover residential and business loses not fully compensated by insurance. Residents and business owners sustaining losses can begin applying for help online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.
USDA Rural Development will offer housing to eligible Kansans impacted by the tornado. The housing assistance, subject to availability, will utilize USDA-financed rental housing facilities in rural communities across Kansas. Maximum income limits in Kiowa County for a family of two range from $37,400 to $38,900 and for a family of four from $45,350 to $47,250. Call the Hays office at 785-628-3081, the Iola office at 620-365-2901 or the Manhattan office at 785-776-7582.
Peoples Bank customers
Greensburg customers can contact The Peoples Bank in Pratt at 620-672-5611, 1-800-362-2625 or on the internet at BelleBank.com.
School has been canceled for the year. District information is online at usd422.org. Greensburg High School graduation will take place at 11 a.m. May 19 in Greensburg, location to be determined. Eighth grade graduation is possible at 10:30 at the same location.
The Kiowa County Signal will be published from the Pratt Tribune office, 320 South Main. E-mail should go to email@example.com and postal mail can be sent to The Pratt Tribune, P.O. Box 909, Pratt, KS 67124.
Pratt Community College will provide scholarships for tuition and books to students and families who have been displaced by the tornado. The deadlines to receive the scholarships are June 1 for summer and July 1 for fall. Contact Lynn Perez, Director of Admissions, at 620-450-2222.
Pratt Community College Phi Theta Kappa will distribute clothing, toiletries, toys and non-perishable food items for tornado victims from the PCC commons from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 10, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
Help to apply for federal assistance
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts' Dodge City office (620-227-2244) is standing by to help Greensburg area residents with federal government assistance. The office, which is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located at 100 Military Plaza in Dodge City. This weekend, Senator Roberts will offer extended office: On Saturday, May 12, Kansans can call the Overland Park office at 913-451-9343 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; on Sunday, May 13, residents can call the Topeka office at 785-295-2745 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
There is a special section for information on the Greensburg recovery at his website, http://roberts.senate.gov that will be updated daily. Click on the Greensburg Information button.
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