July 28, 2011

FEMA extends disaster assistance registration deadline as requested by Gov. Nixon

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for eligible Missouri renters, homeowners and business owners who sustained damage from severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between April 19 and June 6 to register for federal disaster assistance. The new deadline is Aug. 26.
FEMA extended the deadline in response to a request by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Assistance to individuals can include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available for homeowners, renters and business owners to repair or replace real or personal property.
The SBA registration deadline for physical damage also has been extended to Aug. 26. The deadline for Economic Injury Disaster Loans remains Feb. 9, 2012.

Registration may be completed online at, by Smartphone through, or by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If the applicant has a speech disability or hearing loss and uses a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if the applicant uses 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Telephone registration is available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., until further notice.

Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register twice. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.

Renters, homeowners and businesses in the following Missouri counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance: Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Howell, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Newton, Pemiscot, Pettis, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Saint Francois, St. Louis, Scott, Stoddard, Stone, Taney and Wayne.


For more information, call 573-751-5432 or e-mail