June 29, 2017

Local governments and nonprofits now have until July 14 to request FEMA assistance with flood-related infrastructure repairs and emergency response costs

FEMA approves Missouri’s request to provide more time for local agencies in 46 disaster-declared counties to prepare federal assistance requests

Local governments and nonprofit agencies in 46 Missouri counties affected by historic flooding now have 13 more days to prepare their requests for federal assistance with repairs to public infrastructure and emergency response costs.

In response to a request from the State Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the Public Assistance application deadline from July 1 to July 14. Through June 28, more than 190 county and local governments, school, sewer and road districts, and nonprofit agencies have filed Requests for Public Assistance, a requirement to receive FEMA assistance. Potential applicants should note that the Requests for Public Assistance must first be received by SEMA, processed, and then submitted to FEMA by the July 14 deadline, and plan accordingly.

The Missouri counties included in the federal Public Assistance disaster declaration are: 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, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Washington, Wayne, Webster, and Wright.

SEMA conducted 13 federal applicant briefings from June 19-23 across the disaster area to explain the recently updated federal Public Assistance program and application process. Potential applicants with questions should call SEMA’s Public Assistance Program at (573) 526-9234 as soon as possible because there will not be another application extension. 

SEMA encourages public officials and community leaders to share information about the necessity of filing a Request for Public Assistance in time to meet the July 14 deadline with all potential applicants to ensure they have the opportunity to submit a request for FEMA Public Assistance.

Additional information about the Public Assistance program is available on the SEMA website here.


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