Missouri Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1412)

Incident period: April 24, 2002 to June 10, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 6, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 11, 2002
News Release
Columbia, MO -- Federal disaster funds have been made available for nine Missouri counties to help rebuild public property damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding beginning April 24 and continuing, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the assistance was approved following a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.
June 10, 2002
News Release
Columbia, MO -- Friday, June 14, will be the final day of operations for the Disaster Recovery Centers in Fredericktown, Lamar and Springfield. The closings were announced today by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The centers will remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday. They are located in the United Methodist Church at 216 S. Main in Fredericktown; in West View Center at 824 12th St., unit 824B, in Lamar; and in the Greene County Courthouse at 940 Boonville St. in Springfield.
June 7, 2002
News Release
Columbia, MO -- State and federal disaster officials advise residents to exercise caution when returning to flood damaged homes. Floodwaters often become contaminated and prolonged dampness can provide a breeding ground for mold, say representatives of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To prevent illness, officials advise not just cleaning up, but disinfecting as well. First, consider these precautions:
June 6, 2002
News Release
Columbia, MO -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced new hours for its toll-free registration line and helpline. The telephone services are now open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The toll-free registration line is provided for residents and business owners in certain Missouri counties to apply for disaster assistance because of the tornadoes that struck in southeast Missouri in late April and the floods that followed around the state.
June 5, 2002
News Release
Columbia, MO -- The number of counties included in the President Bush's May 6 disaster declaration has grown to 77. Of those, 17 are eligible for Individual Assistance only, 29 for Public Assistance only and 31 for both forms of assistance. Individual Assistance includes grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary form of assistance available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
June 5, 2002
News Release
Columbia, MO -- Monday, June 10, is the last day to file a claim for disaster unemployment assistance in certain Missouri counties. The aid became available after President Bush issued a disaster declaration May 6. Disaster unemployment assistance is intended for individuals who are not eligible for benefits under a state's regular unemployment insurance program. Farmers or other self-employed individuals and individuals who are denied regular unemployment insurance benefits may now be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance.

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