You Oughta Know

June 6, 2011

U.S. disaster declarations are online

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help citizens keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help citizens keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

For a complete list of You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.

The record: A list of federal disaster declarations due to occurrences such as tornadoes.

Why you'd want them: To learn more about how weather and other natural disasters have affected communities across the country.

Where you get the records: From the Federal Emergency Management's website, www.fema.gov/news /disasters.fema. You may search by year or state. You also may search by type of disaster.

How much it will cost: The information is free.

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