FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2017


SEMA Flood Recovery Update Brief – Wednesday, July 19


  • Missouri homeowners and renters now have until Aug. 14 to apply for FEMA and SBA assistance in all 35 Missouri counties included in the federal disaster declaration for Individual Assistance. On Wednesday, FEMA announced it had approved Gov. Eric Greitens’ request to extend the original Aug. 1 deadline to the 14th. Do not miss your opportunity to apply. Apply for federal assistance 24/7 at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.
  • FEMA is opening a Disaster Recovery Center in Wayne County on Thursday, July 20, to assist flooding survivors with in-person help. U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will also be on hand to provide assistance. Recovery centers are already operating in Crawford and Greene counties. Find operating hours and closing dates for all Disaster Recovery Centers at Recovery.mo.gov.
  • The recovery centers are to assist survivors in the eight additional counties FEMA designated on July 13 for inclusion in the federal disaster declaration to provide assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses. Those counties are: Christian, Crawford, Dent, Greene, Iron, Ste. Genevieve, Wayne and Wright counties
  • As of July 19, 1,743 Missouri households have been approved for FEMA assistance totaling more than $11 million.
  • SEMA held an Applicant Briefing for local government agencies and nonprofits Wednesday in Cape Girardeau. Two more Applicant Briefings will be held Thursday, in Columbia and Sikeston. Meeting details are available here. The briefings are for potential applicants from Boone, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ste. Genevieve and Scott counties, which were designated July 13 by FEMA for inclusion in the Public Assistance disaster declaration. The program assists with recovery expenses for damage to roads, bridges, other public infrastructure and emergency response costs. SEMA urges all agencies considering applying for assistance to attend a briefing, as FEMA’s program rules have changed recently. The deadline for public entities to submit applications for FEMA assistance is Aug. 12.
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance is now available to workers who lost employment due to flooding in the eight counties designated for Individual Assistance as part of the flooding disaster declaration on July 13. Those counties are Christian, Crawford, Dent, Greene, Iron, Ste. Genevieve, Wayne and Wright. Unemployed workers have until Aug. 17 to apply for DUA at Labor.mo.gov/disaster.

 

Missouri Recovery Photo of the Day
On Wednesday, July 19, FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Springfield's Library Station. A recovery center is scheduled to open in Greenville City Hall, in Wayne County, on Thursday, July 20. The centers offer in-person FEMA and SBA assistance to Missouri flood survivors.

 






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For more information, call 573-751-5432 or e-mail mike.o'connell@dps.mo.gov