Governor Laura Kelly has sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency asking for an extension to submit a request for a major federal disaster declaration for the period beginning June 27, 2023, and continuing. In the letter, Kelly requests an extension to Sept. 15, 2023, to submit the request.
The request is being made because the state has been impacted by repetitive rounds of severe storms accompanied by torrential rains which caused flash flooding and flooding, tornadoes, high winds, large hail, and lightning. An extension is being requested to allow for additional time to analyze local damage reports and determine the need for joint preliminary assessments. Kelly noted that the state is currently managing four open FEMA-declared disasters.
“As a result of repetitive storms that the state has experienced,” Governor Kelly said, “additional time is needed to further corroborate the incident period in collaboration with Kansas Division of Emergency Management, National Weather Service, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”