Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.
The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.
Through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck, and has already deployed staff and resources to the impacted areas in Missouri to help with response needs.
Here is a recap of the support efforts of the federal family today:
Friday, May 27
- As of 7 am on May 27, more than 2,500 Missourians affected by the Sunday tornadoes in the Joplin area, in Jasper and Newton counties, have applied for assistance, and more than $2.8 million in assistance has been approved. Tornado survivors in those counties can apply for federal disaster aid, either by phone, online, or on their mobile phones. To register, survivors can call (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585, apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or apply on their smartphones at m.fema.gov.
- FEMA has a second Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) open in the Joplin area. The center is staffed by state, voluntary agency and federal personnel to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. At a DRC, representatives from FEMA, state and other agencies meet one on one with disaster survivors, explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid. For locations and hours log onto www.fema.gov/drclocator.
- As a result of collaboration with members of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, areas near Joplin are displaying a FEMA disaster assistance message that includes the FEMA teleregistration number, the disaster assistance website, a TTY number and a reference to multilingual operators. Similar digital billboards are also displayed in parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, in areas affected by severe storms last month.
- FEMA personnel join state and local officials to begin joint preliminary damage assessments in Oklahoma.
- FEMA personnel join state and local officials to begin joint preliminary damage assessments in Franklin County, Arkansas.
See yesterday's recap of federal support efforts on the blog.