MISSOURI EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

MISSOURI EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CALL US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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You are more than welcome to send in information on your on your emergency preparedness events…..
to missouri@homelesstoindependence.org

Thank you!

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Flood Survivors: Call FEMA with Questions
Release date:
August 9, 2017
Release Number:
NR-69

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri survivors who have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance and have questions should call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 to resolve issues, get updates and provide new information. Operators are available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST seven days a week until further notice.

Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585. Multilingual registration assistance is available.

Missouri survivors who live in the counties designated for assistance and have not yet registered with FEMA should do so as soon as possible. The deadline is Aug. 14, 2017.

Helpline operators are available to answer questions, provide information on assistance programs available to individuals and businesses and update contact information for applicants. Applicants changing addresses, phone numbers or banking information should call the Helpline. Survivors who feel they have made a mistake in reporting damage or losses should also call.

Callers to the Helpline should have their nine-digit FEMA registration number handy.

Applicants can also call the Helpline to:

Update insurance information.
Receive information on the home inspection process.
Add or remove the name of a person designated to speak for the applicant.
Find out if FEMA needs more information about their claim.
Update FEMA on the applicant’s housing situation.
Learn how to appeal an eligibility determination.
Get answers to other questions about their applications.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Last Updated:
August 9, 2017 – 10:35
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Flood Insurance is Important to Homeowners, Renters and Businesses
Release date:
August 2, 2017
Release Number:
NR-67

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a vital resource for Missourians. Flood insurance pays policyholders even if there is no federal disaster declaration.

Before the June 2 presidential disaster declaration that followed Missouri’s severe storms and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017, NFIP had already paid out $19 million to Missouri policyholders.

The flooding damaged more than 1,000 structures in the state. Many homeowners, renters and business owners had flood insurance policies, but many more did not. Floods can affect anyone and are the most common and most costly natural disasters in the United States. Without flood insurance it may be too expensive for the owners to repair or rebuild.

Flooding can hit almost anywhere. It occurs in moderate-to-low risk areas as well as in high-risk areas. Twenty-six percent of all claims in the recent Missouri flooding have come from areas not considered at high risk for flooding.

Homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Homeowners, renters and business owners who live in NFIP-participating communities are eligible to purchase flood insurance through an insurance agent or an insurer participating in NFIP.

To find out if a community participates in NFIP, ask an insurance agent or go online to www.fema.gov/cis/MO.html.

A single-family residential building can be insured up to $250,000 and its contents up to $100,000. Renters can cover contents up to $100,000. Non-residential property owners can insure their building up to $500,000 and contents up to $500,000.

The cost of a policy depends on the flood risk, but the average cost for a homeowner in Missouri is approximately $1,000 per year.

FEMA urges Missourians to buy flood insurance before a flood happens. NFIP cannot pay a claim if a policy is not in effect when damage occurs. An insurance policy from NFIP becomes effective 30 days after it is purchased.

To find an agent who sells flood insurance, contact the NFIP Referral Call Center at 800-427-4661.

For more information on general flood insurance questions, survivors should contact their local floodplain administrator, NFIP at 800-427-4661, or their insurance agent. If they use TTY, they can call NFIP at 800-427-5593. They can also email FloodSmart@dhs.gov to request information in a language other than English. Information also is available at www.FEMA.gov, at frequently asked questions and at www.FloodSmart.gov.

Last Updated:
August 2, 2017 – 10:51
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Two Weeks Remain for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses in Missouri to Apply for Disaster Assistance
Release date:
July 31, 2017
Release Number:
NR-66

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri homeowners, renters and businesses that sustained property damage or loss caused by the flooding and storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017, have two weeks left to register and apply for federal disaster assistance.

The deadline to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is Aug. 14, 2017.

Two months after Missouri received a major disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms, FEMA has approved $11.5 million for eligible households in the state. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has paid $59.6 million to 1,119 policyholders, of which more than $19 million was paid out before the disaster declaration.

FEMA grants were approved for 1,846 individuals and families in 35 counties for emergency home repairs, rental assistance, replacement of essential personal property, and help with medical, dental, legal and other disaster-related expenses.

$14.4 million in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans has been approved to homeowners, renters and businesses.

Twenty-six disaster recovery centers logged 1,930 visits by survivors for one-on-one counseling on available assistance, flood insurance, mitigation methods and disaster loans.

FEMA mitigation specialists have provided free information, answered questions and offered tips at 41 hardware and home improvement stores on how to repair and rebuild flood-damaged homes stronger and safer.

Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but eligible homeowners and renters may be able to receive money from FEMA for losses not covered by insurance to help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs such as replacing personal property. FEMA Individual Assistance is grant money that does not have to be repaid.

Survivors are urged to register before the Aug. 14, 2017 deadline.

Here’s how:

Call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST seven days a week until further notice.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.

Survivors who are contacted by SBA regarding a low-interest disaster loan application should complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate the survivor to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. The deadline to apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan is Aug. 14, 2017.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is March 2, 2018.

Survivors are encouraged to apply online using SBA’s electronic loan application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017, in these 35 counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register.

Last Updated:
August 4, 2017 – 12:34
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Many Good Reasons to Apply for an SBA Loan Before the Aug. 14 Deadline
Release date:
July 26, 2017
Release Number:
NR-64

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Survivors who applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and were contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have many good reasons to submit a loan application before the deadline of Aug. 14, 2017.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for physical damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Some of the key reasons for submitting an SBA low-interest disaster loan application include:

SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. Renters, as well as homeowners, may be eligible to borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, appliances and damaged vehicles.
A future insurance settlement may fall short. Survivors may find out that they are underinsured for the amount of work it takes to repair or replace their damaged home. An SBA low-interest disaster loan can cover the uninsured costs. By submitting the application, they may have loan money available when it’s needed. SBA may approve a loan for the repair or replacement of a home up to $200,000. The loan balance may be reduced by their insurance settlement. However, the opportunity for an SBA loan may be lost if they wait until after the deadline expires on Aug. 14.
Survivors are not required to accept a loan even if they qualify for one.
If SBA determines the survivors aren’t eligible for a loan, SBA may refer them back to FEMA. This could make them eligible for more FEMA assistance.
If survivors need help completing their loan application they should call SBA at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339) or send an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.
Survivors are encouraged to apply online using SBA’s electronic loan application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

If the SBA loan application is approved, survivors may be eligible to borrow additional funds to cover the cost of improvements that will protect their property against future damage. Examples include elevating utilities, water heaters and furnaces, and installing retaining walls and sump pumps. Applicants may be eligible for an SBA loan increase, for mitigation purposes, of up to 20 percent of their physical damage.

The deadline to apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan is Aug. 14. If survivors haven’t applied before that date, they may not be eligible to receive all the help that may be available, not only from SBA but also from FEMA.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

The deadline to apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan is March 2, 2018.

Survivors are urged to apply for FEMA’s disaster assistance before the Aug. 14 deadline.

Call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362. Thosewhouse711orVideo RelayServices call is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Those who use TTY call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST seven days a week until further notice.
Go online to register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. When survivors register, they should let FEMA staff know that they have a need or a reasonable accommodation request.

Last Updated:
July 26, 2017 – 17:19
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Free Rebuilding and Repair Advice Available in Dent and Iron Counties
Release date:
July 26, 2017
Release Number:
NR-63

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Missourians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred April 28-May 11, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and home improvement stores in Dent and Iron Counties are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters as well as offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes. Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Recovery topics covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.

FEMA advisors will be available at the following stores. Dates and times may vary by location:

County

Location

Dates

Hours

Dent

Sears Hometown Store, 1101 E. Scenic Rivers Blvd., Salem, MO 65560

July 27-28

July 29

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Iron

The Feed Store, 305 MO-21, Pilot Knob, MO 63663

August 5

August 7

August 8

8 a.m. to noon

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage will be available. More information about strengthening property can be found at https://www.fema.gov/protect-your-property.

FEMA specialists can provide general information regarding flood insurance policies and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery. Disaster survivors and others can find a list of home improvement stores hosting FEMA mitigation specialists and their hours at https://recovery.mo.gov/.

To get in touch with FEMA, survivors may call the Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators will be available. Operators are available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week until further notice

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Last Updated:
July 26, 2017 – 09:51
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Free Rebuilding and Repair Advice Available in Bollinger, Christian, Greene, Madison, Osage, Reynolds, Ste. Genevieve and Wright Counties
Release date:
July 25, 2017
Release Number:
NR-62

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Missourians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred April 28-May 11, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and home improvement stores in Bollinger, Christian, Greene, Madison, Osage, Reynolds, Ste. Genevieve and Wright Counties are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters as well as offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes. Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Recovery topics covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.

FEMA advisors will be available at the following stores. Dates and times may vary by location:

County

Location

Dates

Hours

Christian

Brickstone Ace Hardware, 1791 W. James River Road, Ozark, MO 65721

July 26-27

July 28

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reynolds

Gastineau Hardware & Lumber, 101 W. Walnut St., Ellington, MO 63638

July 26-27

July 28

7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bollinger

Bill Peters Hardware, 313 1st St., Marble Hill, MO 63764

July 29

July 31

August 1

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Greene

Westlake Ace Hardware, 2350 S. Campbell Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807

July 29

July 31

August 1

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Osage

Hometown Building Center, 742 US-50, Linn, MO 65051

July 31- August 1

August 2

7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Madison

Thal’s Hardware, 137 S. Main St., Fredericktown, MO 63645

August 2-3

August 4

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wright

Meek’s Lumber, 402 E. 1st St., Mountain Grove, MO 65711

August 2-3

August 4

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ste. Genevieve

Cotton’s Ace Hardware, 601 Ste. Genevieve Drive, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

August 3-4

August 5

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage will be available. More information about strengthening property can be found at https://www.fema.gov/protect-your-property.

FEMA specialists can provide general information regarding flood insurance policies and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery. Disaster survivors and others can find a list of home improvement stores hosting FEMA mitigation specialists and their hours at https://recovery.mo.gov/.

To get in touch with FEMA, survivors may call the Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators will be available. Operators are available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week until further notice

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Last Updated:
July 25, 2017 – 12:53
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Help Remains After Missouri Recovery Centers Close
Release date:
July 21, 2017
Release Number:
NR-60

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Crawford, Greene and Wayne counties close permanently, survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST seven days a week until further notice.

In coordination with Missouri’s Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the recovery centers will be closing as follows:

Crawford County
Cuba Police Dept.
602 S. Franklin St.
Cuba, MO 65463

Closes 2 p.m. July 22

Greene County
The Library Station
2535 N. Kansas Expwy.
Springfield, MO 65803

Closes 7 p.m. July 24

Wayne County
Greenville City Hall
108 Walnut St.
Greenville, MO 63944

Closes 7 p.m. July 25

To register:

Call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362. Thosewhouse711orVideo RelayServices call is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Those who use TTY call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585.
Go online to register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.

The deadline to register with FEMA is Aug. 14, 2017.

The FEMA Helpline can help survivors:

Register with FEMA.
Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays.
Obtain information about FEMA home inspections.
Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance.
Get questions answered about letters from FEMA.
Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision.

Having the nine-digit FEMA registration number and ZIP code of the affected property will be useful when calling the Helpline.

If survivors are contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding a low-interest disaster loan application, it is important to complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate the survivor to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. The deadline to apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan is Aug. 14, 2017. Survivors are encouraged to apply online using SBA’s electronic loan application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

SEMA and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. When survivors register, they should let FEMA staff know that they have a need or a reasonable accommodation request.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Last Updated:
July 21, 2017 – 11:58
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Disaster Survivors Urged to Spend Disaster Funds for Approved Uses
Release date:
July 20, 2017
Release Number:
NR-58

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Disaster assistance grants to Missouri survivors of the April 28 to May 11, 2017 severe storms and flooding must be used only for approved disaster-related expenses. The deadline to apply for federal assistance is now Aug. 14, 2017.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds Missourians that disaster grants should not be used for regular living expenses, such as utilities, food, medical or dental bills not related to the disaster or for travel, entertainment or any discretionary expense not related to the disaster.

Federal law prohibits duplicating federal grants from other sources. FEMA encourages survivors to keep their receipts for three years to show how the funds were spent.

When a grant is awarded, FEMA will send applicants a letter listing approved uses including:

Home repairs (e.g., structure, water, septic and sewage systems).
Rental assistance for a different place to live temporarily.
Repair or replacement of a flooded essential vehicle.
Medical care for an injury caused by the disaster.
Repair, cleaning or replacement of clothing, specialized tools.
Necessary educational materials (e.g., computers, school books, supplies).
Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster.
Other disaster-related expenses.

Survivors may spend the FEMA grant in ways that help them achieve the goal of permanent, safe, sanitary and functional housing.

Rental assistance grants are provided for temporary housing when a disaster leaves a survivor’s home uninhabitable or inaccessible.
Homeowners and renters can choose to rent an apartment, house, mobile home or some other temporary rental unit.
If survivors intend to seek continued rental assistance, they will need receipts to show they used the grant for rent.

If survivors have any questions, they may call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Last Updated:
July 20, 2017 – 12:10
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Missouri Disaster Survivors Have More Time to Register for Recovery Help
Release date:
July 19, 2017
Release Number:
NR-57

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The deadline for Missouri disaster survivors to register for federal assistance has been extended to Aug. 14, 2017. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted the extension at the request of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, citing a continued flow of new applications for federal assistance in the wake of the severe storms and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

FEMA disaster grants are available to homeowners and renters in the 35 designated counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Survivors – homeowners, renters or business owners – must register with FEMA to determine if they are eligible for federal assistance. Talking with county officials or the American Red Cross, or calling 2-1-1 does not automatically make survivors eligible for FEMA assistance.

FEMA’s application/registration process is quick and easy. FEMA encourages all survivors who sustained disaster-related damage or losses to apply as soon as possible before the Aug. 14 deadline.

Call 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST seven days a week until further notice.
Go online to register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.

More than 1,700 Missouri survivors have been approved for assistance by FEMA and have received more than $11 million in grant assistance through today.

Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and serious disaster-related needs. Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare and other federal and state programs. Grants do not have to be repaid to the federal government.

One of FEMA’s key federal partners in disaster recovery, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), has also extended its deadline to Aug. 14, 2017 to apply for low-interest disaster loans.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is March 2, 2018.

Survivors are encouraged to apply online using SBA’s electronic loan application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

If survivors are contacted by SBA regarding a low-interest disaster loan application, it is important for them to complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate the survivor to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.

For more information, survivors may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. When survivors register, they should let FEMA staff know that they have a need or a reasonable accommodation request.

Last Updated:
July 19, 2017 – 18:06
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Recovery Center Opens in Wayne County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
July 19, 2017
Release Number:
NR-56

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Thursday, July 20, in Wayne County. The recovery center offers in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 35 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application. The deadline to register for FEMA assistance and apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

The Wayne County recovery center will open Thursday, July 20, and close Tuesday, July 25. It is located at:

Greenville City Hall
108 Walnut St.
Greenville, MO 63944

The center will be open during the following hours:

Thursday, July 20 & Friday, July 21:
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 22:
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Monday, July 24 & Tuesday, July 25:
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The center closes permanently at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Find the center nearest you by going online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Last Updated:
July 19, 2017 – 11:20
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Recovery Center Opens in Greene County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
July 18, 2017
Release Number:
NR-55

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Wednesday, July 19, in Greene County. The recovery center offers in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 35 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application. The deadline to register for FEMA assistance and apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

The Greene County recovery center is located at:

The Library Station
2535 N. Kansas Expressway
Springfield, MO 65803

Open Wednesday, July 19, through Monday, July 24:
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 22:
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Closed Sunday

The center closes permanently at 7 p.m. Monday, July 24.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362.

Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Find the center nearest you by going online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Last Updated:
July 18, 2017 – 15:47
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Recovery Center Opens in Crawford County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
July 17, 2017
Release Number:
NR-53

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Tuesday, July 18, in Crawford County. The recovery center offers in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 35 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application. The deadline to register for FEMA assistance and apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

The recovery center is located at:

Cuba Police Department

602 S Franklin St.

Cuba, MO 65453

Open Tuesday, July 18, through Friday, July 21

9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 22

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The center closes permanently at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135.

Multilingual registration assistance is available. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Find the center nearest you by going online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Last Updated:
July 17, 2017 – 20:57
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Seven Additional Counties Now Eligible for Reimbursement of Disaster Expenses
Release date:
July 14, 2017
Release Number:
NR-52

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Seven additional Missouri counties are now eligible for reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Public Assistance (PA) grant program for expenses incurred as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

The counties now eligible to apply for Public Assistance are Boone, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ste. Genevieve and Scott.

Through the Public Assistance program, FEMA provides supplemental federal grants for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private nonprofit organizations. The Public Assistance program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.

The federal share of assistance is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost.

These counties are in addition to the following 46 counties already eligible for PA assistance: Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Butler, Camden, Carter, Cedar, Christian, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Iron, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Morgan, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Perry, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Ralls, Reynolds, Ripley, Saint Louis, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Washington, Wayne, Webster and Wright.

Last Updated:
July 14, 2017 – 14:48
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Disaster Survivors in Eight Additional Missouri Counties May Apply for Disaster Assistance
Release date:
July 14, 2017
Release Number:
NR-51

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Christian, Crawford, Dent, Greene, Iron, Ste. Genevieve, Wayne and Wright counties may apply for federal disaster assistance for eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

The eight counties have been designated for inclusion in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Individuals and Households Program (IA).

Individual Assistance was extended to those counties after a review of ongoing damage assessments by Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA.

Those counties are in addition to the following 27 counties already eligible for IA assistance: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA as soon as possible. The deadline to register for assistance is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

Survivors may register in one of the following ways:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Survivors who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585.
Go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. The deadline to apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan also is Aug. 1, 2017.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is March 2, 2018.

Survivors are encouraged to apply online using SBA’s electronic loan application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Survivors who are contacted by SBA regarding a low-interest disaster loan application should complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate the survivor to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.

For more information, you may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
July 14, 2017 – 14:48
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Two Weeks Remain for Missouri Homeowners, Renters and Businesses to Apply for Disaster Assistance
Release date:
July 14, 2017
Release Number:
NR-50

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri homeowners, renters and businesses that sustained property damage or loss caused by the flooding and storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 have two weeks left to register and apply for federal disaster assistance.

The deadline to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is Aug. 1, 2017.

Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments. Eligible homeowners and renters may be able to receive money from FEMA for losses not covered by insurance to help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs such as replacing personal property. FEMA Individual Assistance is grant money that does not have to be repaid.

There are three ways to register:

Call 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.

Survivors who are contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding a low-interest disaster loan application should complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate the survivor to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. The deadline to apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan is Aug. 1, 2017.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is March 2, 2018.

Survivors are encouraged to apply online using SBA’s electronic loan application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these 35 counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register.

Last Updated:
July 14, 2017 – 14:53
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Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Carter and Howell Counties
Release date:
July 5, 2017
Release Number:
NR-046

Saturday Hours Change for Centers in Oregon, Ozark and Stone Counties

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Carter County in the city of Van Buren and in Howell County in the city of West Plains will close permanently at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8. But survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are also available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

In coordination with Missouri’s Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), disaster recovery centers in Oregon, Ozark and Stone counties will remain open. Saturday, operating hours will change. The centers, listed below, will be open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be closed Sundays until further notice.

Oregon County

Alton School

2180 School St.

Alton, MO 65606

Ozark County

County Health Dept.

370 3rd St.

Gainesville, MO 65655

Stone County

Stone County Annex

107 E. 5th St.

Galena, MO 65656

Disaster survivors can visit any of the recovery centers, where representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can answer questions on disaster assistance or low-interest disaster loans. Locations of recovery centers appear online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, certain private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or go to SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

The deadline to register with FEMA is Aug. 1, 2017. To register:

Call 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Go online to register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.

The FEMA Helpline can help survivors:

Register with FEMA.
Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays.
Obtain information about FEMA home inspections.
Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance.
Get questions answered about letters from FEMA.
Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision.

Having the nine-digit FEMA registration number and ZIP code of the affected property will be useful when calling the Helpline.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017, in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
July 8, 2017 – 11:46
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Missouri Homeowners, Renters and Businesses Have Four Weeks to Register for Disaster Assistance
Release date:
July 3, 2017
Release Number:
NR-044

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri homeowners, renters and businesses that sustained property damage or loss caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 have four weeks left to register and apply for federal disaster assistance.

Aug. 1, 2017 is the deadline to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Eligible homeowners and renters may be able to receive money from FEMA for losses not covered by insurance to help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs such as replacing personal property. FEMA Individual Assistance is grant money that does not have to be repaid.

Here’s how to register:

Call 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available.
Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

Survivors are encouraged to apply online using SBA’s electronic loan application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Survivors who are contacted by SBA regarding a low-interest disaster loan application should complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate the survivor to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.

For more information, survivors may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register.

Last Updated:
July 3, 2017 – 11:26
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Recovery Centers in Oregon, Ozark and Stone Counties Will Remain Open
Release date:
June 30, 2017
Release Number:
NR-043

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Three disaster recovery centers previously scheduled to close will remain open until further notice, serving survivors of the severe storms and flooding that occurred in Missouri between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

In coordination with Missouri’s Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the centers in Oregon, Ozark and Stone counties will continue to provide in-person support to individuals and businesses. Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can answer questions on disaster assistance or low-interest disaster loans. Locations of recovery centers appear online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Disaster survivors in any county designated by the recent federal disaster declarations in Missouri and Arkansas can visit the centers, even if they don’t live in the county where the center is located.

Disaster recovery centers are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Sundays. Here are the centers that are open as of June 30.

County

Location

Opening Date

Carter

Van Buren Youth and Community Center, 1204 Hwy. D, Van Buren, MO 63965

Thursday, June 8

Howell

West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St.,

West Plains, MO 65775

Tuesday, June 13

Newton

Lampo Center, 500 E. Spring St., Neosho, MO 64850

Tuesday, June 13

Closed Sat. & Sun.

Closes 7pm 6/30

Oregon

Alton School, 2180 School St., Alton, MO 65606

Saturday, June 24

Osage

Osage County Community Center, 1811 Highway 50 E., Linn, MO 65051

Tuesday, June 27

Closes 7pm 7/1

Ozark

Ozark County Health Dept., 370 3rd St., Gainesville, MO 65655

Saturday, June 24

Pulaski

St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Dr., St. Robert, MO 65584

Tuesday, June 27

Closes 7pm 7/1

Reynolds

Ellington City Hall, 100 Tubbs Ave., Ellington, MO 63638

Tuesday June 27

Closes 7pm 7/1

Shannon

United Methodist Church, 18231 Church St., Eminence, MO 65466

Monday June 26

Closes 7pm 6/30

Stone

Stone County Annex, 106 E. 5th St., Galena, MO 65656

Monday, June 26

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, certain private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or go to SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

To register with FEMA:

Call 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Go online to register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017, in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 30, 2017 – 16:11
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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Osage, Pulaski and Reynolds Counties
Release date:
June 28, 2017
Release Number:
NR-042

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in the city of Linn in Osage County, the city of St. Robert in Pulaski County, and the city of Ellington in Reynolds County, will close permanently at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1.

But survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms still will be able to get help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are also available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The Helpline can help survivors:

Register with FEMA;
Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays;
Obtain information about FEMA home inspections;
Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance;
Get questions answered about letters from FEMA; and
Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision.

Having the nine-digit FEMA registration number and ZIP Code of the affected property will be useful when calling the Helpline.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the other FEMA disaster centers, where representatives from

FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can answer questions on disaster assistance or low-interest disaster loans. Locations of recovery centers appear online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, certain private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or go to SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Survivors can register with FEMA by:

Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov;
Using the FEMA app for smartphones;
Calling 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017, in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 28, 2017 – 15:52
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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Newton County
Release date:
June 27, 2017
Release Number:
NR-039

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Newton County in the city of Neosho will close permanently at 7 p.m. Friday, June 30. But survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are also available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The Helpline can help survivors:

Register with FEMA
Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays
Obtain information about FEMA home inspections
Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance
Get questions answered about letters from FEMA
Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision

Having the nine-digit FEMA registration number and Zip Code of the affected property will be useful when calling the Helpline.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the other FEMA disaster centers, where representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can answer questions on disaster assistance or low-interest disaster loans. Locations of recovery centers appear online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Survivors can register with FEMA by:

Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov
Using the FEMA app for smartphones
Calling 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 28, 2017 – 08:25
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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Ripley County
Release date:
June 27, 2017
Release Number:
NR-040

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Ripley County in the city of Doniphan will close permanently at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. But survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are also available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The Helpline can help survivors:

Register with FEMA
Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays
Obtain information about FEMA home inspections
Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance
Get questions answered about letters from FEMA
Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision

Having the nine-digit FEMA registration number and Zip Code of the affected property will be useful when calling the Helpline.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the other FEMA disaster centers, where representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can answer questions on disaster assistance or low-interest disaster loans. Locations of recovery centers appear online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Survivors can register with FEMA by:

Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov
Using the FEMA app for smartphones
Calling 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 28, 2017 – 08:26
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Recovery Center Opens in Reynolds County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 26, 2017
Release Number:
NR-036

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Tuesday, June 27, in Reynolds County in the city of Ellington. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

The Reynolds County recovery center location:

Ellington City Hall

100 Tubbs Ave.

Ellington, MO 63638

Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closes permanently 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 27, 2017 – 12:17
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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in St. Louis County
Release date:
June 26, 2017
Release Number:
NR-037

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in St. Louis County in the city of Wildwood will close at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29. But survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are also available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The Helpline can help survivors:

Register with FEMA
Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays
Obtain information about FEMA home inspections
Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance
Get questions answered about letters from FEMA
Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision

Having the nine-digit FEMA registration number and Zip Code of the affected property will be useful when calling the Helpline.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the other FEMA disaster centers, where representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can answer questions on disaster assistance or low-interest disaster loans. Locations of recovery centers appear online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Survivors can register with FEMA by:

Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov
Using the FEMA app for smartphones
Calling 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 26, 2017 – 17:05
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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Douglas County
Release date:
June 26, 2017
Release Number:
NR-034

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Douglas County in the city of Ava will close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27. But survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are also available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The Helpline can help survivors:

Register with FEMA
Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays
Obtain information about FEMA home inspections
Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance
Get questions answered about letters from FEMA
Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision

Having the nine-digit FEMA registration number and Zip Code of the affected property will be useful when calling the Helpline.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the other FEMA disaster centers, where representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can answer questions on disaster assistance or low-interest disaster loans. Locations of recovery centers appear online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Survivors can register with FEMA by:

Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov
Using the FEMA app for smartphones
Calling 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 26, 2017 – 15:24
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Recovery Center Opens in Pulaski County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 26, 2017
Release Number:
NR-035

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Tuesday, June 27, in Pulaski County in the city of St. Robert. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

The Pulaski County recovery center location

St. Robert Community Center

114 J.H. Williamson Dr.

St. Robert, MO 65584

Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closes permanently 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 26, 2017 – 15:27
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Recovery Center Opens in Osage County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 26, 2017
Release Number:
NR-033

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Tuesday, June 27, in Osage County in the city of Linn. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

The Osage County recovery center location:

Osage County Community Center

1811 Highway 50 East

Linn, MO 65051

Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closes permanently 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)

A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 26, 2017 – 14:38
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Missouri Disaster Survivors: Reasons to Apply for an SBA Loan
Release date:
June 26, 2017
Release Number:
NR-032

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plays a major role in helping disaster survivors recover.

Missouri survivors of the April 28 to May 11, 2017 flooding and severe storms who live in one of the 27 Missouri counties included in the presidential disaster declaration and have applied for help with FEMA may be referred to SBA.

If survivors are contacted by SBA regarding a low-interest disaster loan application, it is important to complete and submit the application as soon as possible. This will ensure that the federal disaster recovery process continues and options are kept open. Even if survivors do not believe they need a loan, they should complete and submit the application.

If SBA determines they are eligible for a loan, they are under no obligation to accept it.

Homeowners and renters who submit an SBA application and are not approved for a loan may be referred to FEMA and considered for other FEMA grants and programs that could include assistance for disaster-related car repairs, clothing, household items and other expenses.

Next to insurance, SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

A homeowner may be eligible for a disaster loan up to $200,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners or renters may be eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property.
SBA may be able to help homeowners and renters replace important personal items such as personal property – including automobiles – damaged or destroyed in the disaster.
SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

To apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan, survivors may visit a FEMA disaster recovery center and meet with an SBA representative in person. SBA has staff at all recovery centers to help with survivors’ applications. To locate the nearest center, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, use the FEMA app for smart phones or go online to https://recovery.mo.gov/ or www.fema.gov/DRC.

Survivors may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
For additional details on the locations of recovery centers and the loan application process survivors may call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (or 800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
Survivors may be eligible for additional funds to cover the cost of improvements that will protect their property against future damage. Examples of improvements include retaining walls, seawalls, sump pumps, etc. SBA mitigation loan money would be in addition to the amount of the approved disaster loan, but may not exceed 20 percent of the total amount of physical damage to real property and personal property as verified by SBA. SBA approval of the mitigating measures will be required before any loan increase.
Survivors should not wait for an insurance settlement before submitting an SBA loan application. They can begin their recovery immediately with a low-interest SBA disaster loan. The loan balance will be reduced by any insurance settlement. SBA loans may be available for losses not covered by insurance or other sources.
SBA can help businesses and private nonprofit organizations with up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and other business assets. Eligible small businesses and nonprofits may apply for economic injury disaster loans to help meet working capital needs such as business losses caused by the disaster.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 1, 2017.
The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 2, 2018.

The Missouri disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

SBA’s economic injury loans are also available in counties contiguous to disaster-designated counties, even if those contiguous counties are in another state:

For economic injury only in the contiguous Missouri counties of Barry, Barton, Callaway, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Christian, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dent, Iron, Laclede, Lawrence, Miller, Montgomery, New Madrid, Perry, St. Charles, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wright and the City of St. Louis;
For economic injury only in the contiguous Arkansas counties of Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Craighead, Fulton, Greene, Marion, Mississippi, Randolph and Sharp;
For economic injury only in the contiguous Illinois counties of Madison, Monroe and Saint Clair;
For economic injury only in the contiguous Kansas counties of Cherokee and Crawford;
For economic injury only in the contiguous Oklahoma counties of Delaware and Ottawa; and
For economic injury only in the contiguous Tennessee counties of Dyer and Lake.

Last Updated:
June 26, 2017 – 13:06
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Be Aware: How to Avoid Problems in Rebuilding
Release date:
June 23, 2017
Release Number:
NR-031

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After a disaster, contractors play a major role in rebuilding an affected community. They can also give the local economy a major boost as they construct new homes and businesses. The majority of contractors are honest and professional.

At the same time, consumers need to be aware that occasionally scam artists pose as legitimate contractors in the wake of a disaster. Some people may attempt to cheat by posing as inspectors, government officials or volunteers.

Some might offer to clean up debris, but then dump it nearby, leaving the homeowner liable for the cleanup. Others might demand a big deposit up front to rebuild a home, and then vanish with the money.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) caution Missouri survivors of the recent flooding disaster to “beware and be aware.”

Many legitimate disaster assistance employees may visit a property, including insurance agents, damage inspectors and SEMA, FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) staff.

Federal and state disaster officials recommend that disaster survivors:

Ask to see ID badges. All FEMA representatives will have a laminated photo ID. A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity.
Safeguard personal information. Be cautious when giving personal information such as Social Security or bank account numbers to anyone. FEMA will only request an applicant’s bank account numbers during the initial registration process. However, FEMA inspectors will require verification of identity.
Beware of people going door-to-door. People knocking on doors at damaged homes or phoning homeowners claiming to be building contractors could be con artists, especially if they ask for personal information or solicit money.
Federal workers do not solicit or accept money. FEMA and SBA staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help to fill out applications. FEMA inspectors verify damage but do not involve themselves in any aspect of the repair or recommend any contractor.
FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams may be in a community providing information and assisting people in registering with FEMA or updating their files. The teams coordinate their activities with local emergency managers and make local law enforcement agencies aware of their presence. The teams always consist of at least two people, and may include employees of SEMA as well as FEMA. They will always be wearing FEMA or SEMA shirts and have laminated photo IDs. Disaster Survivor Assistance teams never ask for or accept payment for their services.
Check references. Call former customers of the contractor who had similar work done.
Check contractor’s insurance. Check to see whether the contractor carries general liability insurance, and make sure the contractor carries workers’ compensation. If the contractor is not insured, the disaster survivor may be liable for accidents that occur on the property, or to the house or building.
Always get a written estimate. Compare services and prices of several reputable contractors before making a final decision.
Ask for a written contract. Never sign a blank contract or one with blank spaces. If substantial costs are involved, have a lawyer review the contract. Insist the contract include start and completion dates.
Pay by check. Avoid on-the-spot cash payments.

FEMA and SEMA encourage homeowners to use licensed and bonded contractors and ask for credentials. Contractors in Missouri are not licensed by the state. To verify a license, homeowners should contact their city or county for assistance.

The consumer protection hotline for the Missouri State Attorney General’s office is 800-392-8222.

To report fraud, waste, abuse or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 24, 2017 – 14:13
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Recovery Centers Open in Oregon and Ozark Counties to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 23, 2017
Release Number:
NR-028

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two new FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open Saturday, June 24, in Oregon County, in the city of Alton, and Ozark County, in the city of Gainesville. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the centers to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

Oregon County

Alton School

2180 School St.

Alton, MO 65606

Open Saturday and Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Closes permanently 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29.

Ozark County

Ozark County Health Dept.

370 3rd St.

Gainesville, MO 65655

Open Saturday and Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Closes permanently 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)

A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 23, 2017 – 16:50
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Recovery Center Opens in Shannon County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 22, 2017
Release Number:
NR-025

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Monday, June 26, in Shannon County. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

The Shannon County Disaster Recovery Center will be located at:

United Methodist Church

18231 Church St.

Eminence, MO 65466

Open Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closes permanently 7 p.m. Friday, June 30.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)

A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 23, 2017 – 17:02
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Recovery Center Opens in Stone County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 23, 2017
Release Number:
NR-027

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Monday, June 26, in Stone County in the city of Galena. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

The Stone County recovery center location:

Stone County Community Annex

106 E. 5th St.

Galena, MO 65656

Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closes permanently Friday June 30.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)

A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 23, 2017 – 16:47
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Missouri Renters with Flood Damage May Be Eligible for Federal Help
Release date:
June 23, 2017
Release Number:
NR-030

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri renters who experienced losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).

Survivors may be eligible for grants from FEMA to help with such disaster-related expenses as:

Renting a new place to live when their previous home was lost due to the disaster.
Disaster-related medical and dental expenses.
Replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the disaster, such as appliances and furniture, textbooks and computers used by students, and work equipment or tools used by the self-employed.
Repair or replacement of vehicles damaged by the disaster.
Disaster-related funeral and burial expenses.

FEMA grants are not loans and do not have to be repaid. They are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, welfare assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or other programs.

Renters who sustained losses can:

Call 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585.Go online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.
Renters also can register with FEMA at a disaster recovery center. Find the nearest center by going online to https://recovery.mo.gov/ or www.fema.gov/DRC.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

Renters may qualify for a low-interest disaster loan of up to $40,000 from SBA to repair or replace disaster damaged personal property.

For more information about disaster loans, call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit sba.gov/disaster. TTY users may call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. When registering, survivors should let FEMA staff know that of a need or a reasonable accommodation request.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 23, 2017 – 17:06
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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Five Counties
Release date:
June 23, 2017
Release Number:
NR-029

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Maries and Taney counties will close at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24. But survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are also available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The Helpline can help survivors:

Register with FEMA
Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays
Obtain information about FEMA home inspections
Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance
Get questions answered about letters from FEMA
Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision

Having the nine-digit FEMA registration number and Zip Code of the affected property will be useful when calling the Helpline.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the other FEMA disaster centers, where representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can answer questions on disaster assistance or low-interest disaster loans. Locations of recovery centers appear online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Applicants may also contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Survivors can register with FEMA by:

Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov
Using the FEMA app for smartphones
Calling 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 23, 2017 – 16:57
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Recovery Center Opens in Texas County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 22, 2017
Release Number:
NR-026

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Friday, June 23, in Texas County. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the centers to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

The Texas County recovery center location:

The Justice Center

519 N. Grand Ave.

Houston, MO 65483

Open Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closed Sunday.

Open Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closes permanently Wednesday June 28.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)

A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 23, 2017 – 11:29
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Every Disaster Survivor Has Equal Access to Registration, Information and Assistance
Release date:
June 21, 2017
Release Number:
NR-024

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – All Missouri survivors who sustained property damage or loss caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 may apply for help at local disaster recovery centers.

Survivors in Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance that may include money to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs or other disaster-related expenses.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. Survivors who need an accommodation or assistance due to a disability should notify FEMA staff at the time of registration or anytime throughout the assistance process.

All FEMA disaster recovery centers are equally accessible to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and the centers provide assistance tools. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ or www.fema.gov/DRC.

Recovery centers offer effective communication options including: captioned phones, iPads with video remote interpreting; American Sign Language interpreters upon request; amplified telephones and listening devices for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss; phones that display text; and magnifiers for people with vision loss.
FEMA documents are available in Braille, large print and other formats upon request

To get in touch with FEMA, survivors may call the Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585.

Survivors may follow these links to access informational videos in ASL:

DRCs (ASL) http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111518
Registration (ASL) http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546
Just ask (ASL) http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111508
FEMA assistance does not impact government benefits (ASL) http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111582

Last Updated:
June 22, 2017 – 08:38
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Recovery Centers Open in Butler and Douglas Counties to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 21, 2017
Release Number:
NR-022

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two new FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open Thursday, June 22, in Butler and Douglas counties. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the centers to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

The Butler County Disaster Recovery Center is located at:

Butler County Health Dept.

1619 N. Main St.

Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Open Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closed Sunday.

Closes permanently 7 p.m. Monday, June 26.

The Douglas County Disaster Recovery Center is located at:

Ava High School

Performing Arts Building

507 NE 3rd St.

Ava, MO 65608

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closed Sunday.

Closes permanently 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)

A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 22, 2017 – 08:33
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Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Butler and Jefferson Counties
Release date:
June 21, 2017
Release Number:
NR-023

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Missourians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred April 28-May 11, 2017, FEMA and The Home Depot stores in Butler and Jefferson counties have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialists are on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters as well as offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes. Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Recovery topics covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.

FEMA advisors are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Monday, June 26, and from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 27, at the following Home Depot stores:

Butler County

639 S. Westwood Blvd.

Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Jefferson County

3865 Vogel Road

Arnold, MO 63010

Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage are available. More information about strengthening property can be found at www.fema.gov/what-mitigation.

To get in touch with FEMA, survivors may call the Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585.

FEMA specialists can help with service claims, provide general information regarding flood insurance policies and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 22, 2017 – 08:34
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Recovery Center Opens in Maries County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 20, 2017
Release Number:
NR-017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Wednesday, June 21, in Maries County. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

The Maries County Disaster Recovery Center is located at:

Maries County Courthouse

Conference Room

211 4th St.

Vienna, MO 65582

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Closes permanently 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 20, 2017 – 16:59
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What to Expect in the FEMA Registration Process
Release date:
June 19, 2017
Release Number:
NR-016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri survivors who sustained property damage or loss caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 should apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency – even if they have insurance.

Survivors in Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance that may include money to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs or other disaster-related expenses.

Also, homeowners, renters and business owners may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources.

Here are three steps to follow when applying for federal disaster assistance.

Step One: Registration

Register with FEMA.

Call 800-621-3362. For TTY call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362.
Go online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.
Survivors also can register with FEMA at a disaster recovery center. Find the nearest center by going online to https://recovery.mo.gov/ or www.fema.gov/DRC.
Those who have insurance should contact their agent and register with FEMA
When calling FEMA, it is helpful to have the following information handy:
Social Security number
Address of the damaged primary residence or apartment
Description of damage
Information about insurance coverage
A current contact telephone number
An address where survivors can receive mail
Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds
If survivors are contacted by the SBA regarding a low-interest disaster loan application, it is important to complete and submit it as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate the survivor to accept an SBA loan. However, submitting a completed application is necessary to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.
The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.
SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.
For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

When applying for assistance, survivors will receive a nine-digit registration number that can be used for reference when corresponding with FEMA.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities. When registering, survivors should let FEMA staff know they have a need or a reasonable accommodation request.

Step Two: Inspections

After survivors register, a FEMA-contracted inspector may call to set up an appointment to assess the damaged property. Inspectors will never ask for bank account information, and there is no cost for the inspection.

When FEMA inspectors arrive at a home, they will display official photo identification. If the photo identification is not displayed, it is important to ask to see it.

Survivors should make sure the home or mailbox number is easily visible from the road. As part of the inspection process, survivors must provide proof of ownership or occupancy.

Homeowners may show a tax bill, mortgage payment receipt or insurance policy with the property’s address.
Renters may show a lease, rent payment receipt, utility bill or other document confirming the home was their primary residence at the time of the disaster.
Homeowners and renters must also present a valid driver’s license or other photo ID.

Step Three: Follow Up With FEMA

After registering for assistance, survivors will receive a letter regarding their application status. Some applicants may receive an SMS/text message. The letter will explain the status of the application and how to respond. It is important to read the letter carefully.

It is important to read and follow up with any correspondence from FEMA. Survivors may have to log into their account on DisasterAssistance.gov or call the helpline at 800-621-3362 to keep the application process moving. They are also urged to keep their contact information updated with a current address and phone number to ensure FEMA can reach them with new information or questions.

Last Updated:
June 20, 2017 – 08:52
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Recovery Center Opens in Jasper County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 17, 2017
Release Number:
NR-014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Monday, June 19, in Jasper County in the city of Carthage. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application. The new center is at this location:

Jasper County Disaster Recovery Center

Jasper County Health Dept.

105 Lincoln St.

Carthage, MO 64836

Hours: Monday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

FEMA disaster recovery centers are currently operating in Carter, Franklin, Jefferson, Howell, Newton, Phelps, Ripley and Taney counties. In the coming days, FEMA will be opening additional disaster recovery centers in other communities included in the federal disaster declaration.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at www.fema.gov/DRC and at https://recovery.mo.gov/.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 20, 2017 – 08:40
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Recovery Centers Open in Gasconade and St. Louis Counties to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 19, 2017
Release Number:
NR-015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two new FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open Tuesday, June 20, in Gasconade and St. Louis counties. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the centers to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

The Gasconade County Disaster Recovery Center is located at:

Hermann City Hall/Police Station

1902 Jefferson St.

Hermann, MO 65041

Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closes permanently 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24.

The St. Louis County Disaster Recovery Center is located at:

Greensfelder Park Visitor Center

4312 Allenton Road

Wildwood, MO 63069

Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. Closed Sunday.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any of the FEMA disaster centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 20, 2017 – 08:46
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Understanding the FEMA Letter
Release date:
June 17, 2017
Release Number:
NR-013

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Survivors who apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a result of the federal declaration for flooding from April 28 to May 11, 2017 will receive a letter in the mail from FEMA. The letter will explain the status of their application and how to respond. It is important to read the letter carefully.

Many times applicants need to submit more information for FEMA to continue to process their application.

Examples of missing documentation may include an insurance settlement letter, proof of residence, proof of ownership of the damaged property, and proof that the damaged property was their primary residence at the time of the disaster.

Survivors who have questions about the letter may call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362; go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov; or visit a disaster recovery center.

To locate the nearest disaster recovery center, they may call the FEMA Helpline; use FEMA app for smart phones; or go online to www.fema.gov/DRC or https://recovery.mo.gov/.

Survivors may appeal FEMA’s decision. For example, if survivors feel the amount or type of assistance is incorrect, they may submit an appeal letter and any documents needed to support their claim, such as a contractor’s estimate for home repairs.

If survivors have insurance, FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments. However, if they are underinsured they may receive further assistance for unmet needs after insurance claims have been settled.

How to Appeal a FEMA Decision

All appeals must be filed in writing to FEMA. Survivors should explain why they think the decision is incorrect. When submitting the letter, they should include:

Full name
Date and place of birth
Address of the damaged dwelling
FEMA registration number

In addition, the letter must either be notarized – if they choose this option, they should include a copy of a state-issued identification card – or include the following statement, “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.” The survivor must sign the letter.

If someone other than the survivor or the co-applicant is writing the letter, there must be a signed statement affirming that the person may act on their behalf. The survivor should keep a copy of the appeal for their records.

To file an appeal, letters must be postmarked, received by fax, or personally submitted at a disaster recovery center within 60 days of the date on the determination letter.

By mail:

FEMA – Individuals & Households Program
National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

By fax:
800-827-8112
Attention: FEMA – Individuals & Households Program

If survivors have any questions about submitting insurance documents, proving occupancy or ownership, or anything else about their letter, they may call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA and Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. When they register, they should let FEMA staff know that they have a need or a reasonable accommodation request.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 17, 2017 – 10:32
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Recovery Center Opens in Ripley County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 15, 2017
Release Number:
NR-011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Friday, June 16 in Ripley County in the city of Doniphan. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application. The new center is at this location:

Ripley County DRC

Ripley County Caring Community Partnership Building

209 W. Highway Street

Doniphan, MO 63935

The center will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with this exception: on Tuesday, June 20, the center will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. because of another scheduled event

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when registering:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

FEMA disaster recovery centers are currently operating in Carter, Franklin, Howell, Jefferson, McDonald, Newton, Phelps and Taney counties. In the coming days, FEMA will be opening additional disaster recovery centers in other communities included in the federal disaster declaration.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at www.fema.gov/DRC and at https://recovery.mo.gov/.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 15, 2017 – 19:12
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Help Remains After Recovery Center in McDonald County Closes
Release date:
June 15, 2017
Release Number:
NR-012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Disaster Recovery Center in McDonald County will close at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 17. But survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are also available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The Helpline can help survivors:

Register with FEMA
Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays
Obtain information about FEMA home inspections
Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance
Get questions answered about letters from FEMA
Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision.

Having the nine-digit FEMA registration number and Zip Code of the affected property will be useful when calling the Helpline.

Survivors can also visit other disaster recovery centers, where representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can answer questions on disaster assistance or low-interest disaster loans.

Applicants may also contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, SBA.gov/disaster or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Disaster recovery centers remain open in Carter, Franklin, Howell, Jefferson, Newton, Phelps, Ripley and Taney counties.

Survivors can register with FEMA by:

Going online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Using the FEMA app for smartphones.
Calling 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 15, 2017 – 19:13
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Recovery Center Opens in Taney County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 14, 2017
Release Number:
NR-010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Thursday, June 15, in Taney County, in the city of Branson. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application. The new center is at this location:

Taney County DRC

Sanctuary of Hope

1790 Bee Creek Road

Branson, MO 65616

The center will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800- 621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

The following information is helpful when survivors register:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).
A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses

FEMA disaster recovery centers are already operating in Carter, Franklin, Howell, Jefferson, McDonald and Newton counties. In the coming days, FEMA will be opening additional disaster recovery centers in other communities included in the federal disaster declaration.

Disaster survivors may visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at www.fema.gov/DRC and at https://recovery.mo.gov/.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs, or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities. When you register, let FEMA staff know that you have a need or a reasonable accommodation request. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 14, 2017 – 19:22
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Recovery Centers Open in McDonald and Newton Counties to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 12, 2017
Release Number:
NR-007

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are opening Tuesday, June 13, in McDonald and Newton counties, in the towns of Anderson and Neosho. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the centers to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application. The new centers are at these locations:

McDonald County DRC

First Baptist Church

One Friendship Lane

Anderson, MO 64831
The center in McDonald County is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Newton County DRC

Lampo Center

500 East Spring Street

Neosho, MO 64850

The center in Newton County is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800- 621-3362 (FEMA) from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

If you have not registered before visiting a recovery center, please have the following information available when you arrive:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).
A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses

FEMA disaster recovery centers are already operating in Carter, Franklin and Jefferson counties. In the coming days, FEMA will be opening additional disaster recovery centers in other communities included in the federal disaster declaration.

Disaster survivors may visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at www.fema.gov/DRC and at https://recovery.mo.gov/.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs, or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

SEMA and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities. When you register, let FEMA staff know that you have a need or a reasonable accommodation request. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 12, 2017 – 17:09
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Recovery Center Opens in Howell County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 12, 2017
Release Number:
NR-006

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Tuesday, June 13, in Howell County, in the city of West Plains. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application. The new center is at this location:

Howell County DRC

West Plains Civic Center

110 Saint Louis St.

West Plains, MO 65775

The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800- 621-3362 (FEMA) from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

If you have not registered before visiting a recovery center, please have the following information available when you arrive:

Social Security number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Insurance information
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).
A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses

FEMA disaster recovery centers are already operating in Carter, Franklin and Jefferson counties. In the coming days, FEMA will be opening additional disaster recovery centers in other communities included in the federal disaster declaration.

Disaster survivors may visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at www.fema.gov/DRC and at https://recovery.mo.gov/.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs, or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

SEMA and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities. When you register, let FEMA staff know that you have a need or a reasonable accommodation request. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 12, 2017 – 17:02
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Register With FEMA as Soon as Possible
Release date:
June 10, 2017
Release Number:
NR-005

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency urges residents of 27 Missouri counties designated in the federal major disaster declaration to register with the agency without delay. Registration is easy:

Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
Use the FEMA app for smartphones.
Call 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

Eligible homeowners and renters may be able to receive money for disaster expenses not covered by insurance to help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs such as replacing personal property. FEMA Individual Assistance is grant money that does not have to be repaid.

“Don’t wait for a Disaster Recovery Center to open in your area,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Parker. “Register now so we can start the application process and determine whether you qualify for assistance.”

Filing an insurance claim does not start the FEMA registration process. Neither does registering with the American Red Cross or other agencies. To be considered for FEMA grant assistance, applicants must register directly with FEMA. Even if they have insurance coverage, FEMA might be able to assist with disaster expenses that aren’t covered by insurance.

Twenty-seven counties affected by the April 28-May 11 flooding have been designated for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program– Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Missourians who have critical unmet needs are encouraged to call United Way 2-1-1, which can provide access to other assistance provided by voluntary agencies, faith-based organizations and state agencies. Those who have already called 2-1-1 for help with disaster recovery needs still need to register separately with FEMA.

After registering with FEMA, all businesses and most residents will be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA provides federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters impacted by this disaster. SBA disaster loans are to help pay for disaster repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other sources. In addition, for small businesses and most nonprofit organizations SBA disaster loans can help meet disaster-caused working capital needs. There is no cost or obligation to apply to SBA.

Homeowners and renters should apply to SBA, even if they are not sure if they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve their application, in most cases SBA refers them to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program for possible additional assistance

SBA representatives are at all of the Disaster Recovery Centers to help each applicant apply. Applicants may also apply to on line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, contact SBA for additional information at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
June 10, 2017 – 19:11
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Centers Open in Franklin and Jefferson Counties to Help Missouri Flood Survivors
Release date:
June 9, 2017
Release Number:
NR-003

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are opening Saturday, June 10, in Franklin and Jefferson counties, in the cities of Pacific and Arnold. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agencies will be at the centers to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application. The new centers are at these locations:

Tri-County Senior Center

800 W. Union St.

Pacific, MO 63069

Arnold Police Department

2101 Jeffco Blvd.

Arnold, MO 63010

The centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. A recovery center opened in Van Buren, in Carter County, on Thursday and remains open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800- 621-3362 (FEMA) from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

In the coming days, FEMA will be opening additional disaster recovery centers in other communities included in the federal disaster declaration.

Disaster survivors may visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs, or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

SEMA and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities. When you register, let FEMA staff know that you have a need or a reasonable accommodation request. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Last Updated:
June 10, 2017 – 07:57
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Formidable Footprint – A Community / Neighborhood Exercise

Description The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises. For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: www.FormidableFootprint.org

This is a Virtual Event –

Contact Information (Name / Phone / Weblink) Chris Floyd / 850-241-3565 / chrisfloyd@drc-group.com

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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