FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 04, 2019


Additional Applicant Briefings begin next Tuesday, October 8, for local governments, nonprofits included in federal disaster declaration expansion

Local governments and eligible agencies in 14 additional counties and the City of St. Louis included in federal Public Assistance disaster declaration expansion strongly encouraged to attend the meetings, which discuss application process and FEMA program rules

The State Emergency Management Agency will start conducting Applicant Briefings for local government and nonprofit agencies in 14 additional counties and the City of St. Louis applying for federal assistance for damage to roads, bridges and public infrastructure and emergency response costs as a result of flooding, tornadoes and severe storms from April 29 to July 5.

Five applicant briefings are scheduled and will be located across the expanded federally declared disaster area beginning next Tuesday, October 8 through Friday, October 11. All eligible agencies that plan to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are strongly encouraged to attend anyone of the briefings, which explain program changes, eligibility information, the federal reimbursement process, documentation requirements and other essential program information. All Requests for Public Assistance must be submitted to FEMA within 30 days of the September 30 disaster expansion date, or October 29. Applicants should note that the Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) must first be received by SEMA, processed, and then submitted to FEMA by the October deadline, and to plan accordingly.

The authorized representative of each potential applicant should attend one of the briefings in order to register for Public Assistance. Attendees should expect the meeting to last about 4 hours, and to bring the organization’s DUNS number and Federal Employer Identification Number in order to register with FEMA in a timely manner. 

Tuesday, October 8
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
St. Charles County Council Chambers
100 N. Third Street (3rdFloor)
St. Charles, MO 63301


Tuesday, October 8
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Clinton Building
501 Campanella
Sikeston, MO 63801


Tuesday, October 8
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Boone County Sheriff’s Department Annex
2111 East County Drive
Columbia, MO 65202


Wednesday, October 9
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
North Kansas City Parks & Rec.
1201 Clark Ferguson Drive
North Kansas City, MO 64116


Friday, October 11
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
US Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center
29027 Visitor Center Road
Warsaw, MO 65355

(The Applicant Briefings are not for the general public and there will not be any information related to the FEMA Individual Assistance program, which provides assistance to individuals and families.) 

Governmental agencies – including special districts like road districts, and water or sewer districts – and nonprofits that incurred disaster-related expenses should attend, including those that are unsure of their eligibility status, from the following jurisdictions included in the federal Public Assistance disaster expansion:BentonBooneCallawayClayCooperDunklinGasconadeHowardLafayetteLincolnPulaskiScottSt. Charles, and StClair counties as well as the City of St. Louis.

SEMA encourages public officials and community leaders in the 14 affected counties and City of St. Louis to share information about the Applicant Briefings with all potential applicants to ensure they have an opportunity to attend and submit a request for FEMA Public Assistance.

Additional information about the FEMA Public Assistance program is available on the SEMA website at http://sema.dps.mo.gov/programs/state_public_assistance.php.

For questions about the Applicant Briefings or the Public Assistance program call (573) 526-9234.



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For more information, call 573-751-6294 or e-mail caty.eisterhold@sema.dps.mo.gov