July 17, 2017

Applicant Briefings to be held Wednesday and Thursday, July 19 and 20, for local governments, nonprofits in 7 counties newly designated in federal disaster declaration last week

Local governments and eligible agencies in 7 counties now included in federal Public Assistance disaster declaration strongly encouraged to attend meetings, which discuss application process and FEMA program rules

The State Emergency Management Agency will conduct Applicant Briefings Wednesday and Thursday, July 19 and 20, for local government and nonprofit agencies in seven counties designated last week for inclusion in the federal disaster declaration for historic flooding in Missouri from April 28 to May 11.

Attendance at one of the Applicant Briefings is urged for any agency considering applying for federal assistance for damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure along with emergency response costs in the counties of Boone, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ste. Genevieve and Scott. These agencies include special districts like road districts; water and sewer districts; and nonprofits that incurred disaster-related expenses.

The applicant briefings will be conducted in Cape Girardeau, Columbia and Sikeston July 19 and 20. Attendance by any agency considering applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance is strongly encouraged because the briefings will 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 by Aug. 12. Applicants should note that the Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) must first be received by SEMA, processed, and then submitted to FEMA by the Aug. 12 deadline, and plan accordingly.

July 19 8:00 a.m.
Osage Center
Room 3
1625 N. Kingshighway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

July 20 1:00 p.m.
Boone County Joint Communications Ctr.
2145 East County Rd.
Columbia, MO 65202

July 20 1:00 p.m.
Department of Public Safety Building
201 South Kingshighway
Sikeston, MO 63801
(West side of building to downstairs)

SEMA encourages public officials and community leaders in the seven designated counties 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 Applicant Briefings and the FEMA Public Assistance program is available on the SEMA website at or directly on the program page:

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

(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.) 


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