Portions taken from Missouri Governor’s Office and FEMA news releases
President Barack Obama on Jan. 21 granted Gov. Jay Nixon’s request for a major disaster declaration for Missouri as a result of the two strong storm systems in late December and early January that brought severe weather and historic flooding to much of the state.
The declaration makes the individual assistance program available to eligible residents in 33 Missouri counties, including Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties, who can now seek federal assistance such as help with temporary housing and repairs, and to replace household items damaged or lost as a result of flooding.
Next Step for Those Affected: Register Online or by Phone
Registering for assistance through FEMA is the next step any individuals, whether that be homeowners, renters, business owners, or landlords, should take. Those who sustained damage or losses due to the flooding between Dec. 23, 2015 and Jan. 9, 2016 in Cape Girardeau or Scott Counties should register for disaster aid online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The more quickly persons register with FEMA, the more quickly they may be able to receive assistance.
Area relief organizations will be coordinating further assistance to those affected with FEMA. You may also continue to contact the American Red Cross (573-335-9471), Catholic Charities (573-335-0134) or The Salvation Army (573-335-7000) for immediate and long term assistance.
Those affected by the flooding are encouraged to document losses, including photographing damage and retain receipts.
The deadline for most individual assistance programs is 60 days following the President’s major disaster declaration. Disaster aid to eligible individuals generally falls into the following categories:
- Housing assistance may be available for up to 18 months for displaced persons whose residences were heavily damaged or destroyed. Funding also can be provided for housing repairs and replacement of damaged items to make homes habitable.
- Disaster grants, which are available to help meet other serious disaster related needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance and other aid programs. These may include replacement of personal property, and transportation, medical, dental and funeral expenses.
- Low-interest disaster loans are available after a disaster for homeowners and renters from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to cover uninsured property losses. Loans may be available for repair or replacement of homes, automobiles, clothing or other damaged personal property. Loans are also available to businesses for property loss and economic injury.
- Other disaster aid programs include crisis counseling, disaster-related unemployment assistance, legal aid and assistance with income tax, Social Security and veterans’ benefits.
Additional information: http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/01/21/federal-aid-programs-state-missouri