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August 27, 2003
Springfield, MO -- Officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) delivered final Comprehensive Recovery Plans to the cities of Stockton and Pierce City. FEMA presented the plans at each city's weekly council meeting, Monday, August 25.
July 8, 2003
More Than 100 Calls Received On Final Day; Nearly $32 Million Approved In Disaster Assistance For Missourians
Springfield, MO -- More than 100 Missourians called to apply for disaster assistance yesterday - the final day that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free number was available to accept applications. Nearly $32 million in state and federal assistance has already been approved for more than 2,300 claims from Missourians who were affected by the devastating tornadoes, severe storms and flooding which began on May 4. Federal and state disaster officials offer the following 60-day summary of assistance efforts to date:
July 7, 2003
Springfield, MO -- Today (July 7) is the last day for Missourians in 74 designated counties affected the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, which occurred May 4-30, to apply for state and federal disaster assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) application number, 800-621-FEMA (3362) will take calls until 6 p.m. (CDT) today. The special number for those who are hearing or speech impaired is TTY 800-462-7585. Multilingual assistance is available when needed.
July 2, 2003
Springfield, MO -- As the July 7th deadline for disaster assistance approaches, state and federal disaster officials are also reminding those individuals who may have been initially denied assistance because they had homeowners' insurance that they may still be eligible for assistance. Those who had insurance coverage are among Missouri's most fortunate tornado survivors, but to avoid a duplication of benefits, those same applicants were initially not eligible for certain types of state and federal disaster assistance until they could provide their insurance settlement.
June 30, 2003
Springfield, MO -- More than $30.2 million in disaster assistance grants and low-interest loans have been approved for Missourians in response to the May tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, federal and state disaster officials said today. The last day to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for individual disaster assistance is Monday, July 7. The following summarizes disaster assistance efforts to date:
June 28, 2003
Springfield, MO -- Individuals and business owners affected by the May tornadoes, severe storms and flooding who have yet to apply for state and federal disaster assistance, should note that Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) teleregistration will be closed for the July Fourth holiday. After that holiday weekend, the phone lines will be open only one more day-Monday, July 7-to apply for assistance resulting from the May 4 through 30 disasters in the designated Missouri counties.
June 27, 2003
Springfield, MO -- Though Disaster Recovery Centers have closed, help is still available for individuals and business owners in Missouri who were affected by the May tornadoes, severe storms and flooding. "Disaster assistance is still only a phone call away," said Mike Karl, federal coordinating officer for the Missouri recovery effort. "We encourage anyone who hasn't registered for federal and state disaster assistance to do so before the July 7 deadline."
June 26, 2003
Springfield, MO -- One week remains for eligible applicants to submit proposals for hazard mitigation projects to the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for possible funding assistance. Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. To be considered for federal cost-share funding, project proposals must be received by SEMA by July 7, 2003.
June 25, 2003
Springfield, MO -- First responders arrived on the scene, within minutes, when tornadoes ripped through Missouri in early May. Many individuals and families needed immediate help, and these responders provided that critical assistance. In disasters, local police and fire departments, emergency medical professionals, county and state emergency management personnel and volunteer agencies rush into the path of destruction to administer much-needed medical assistance; locate survivors who may have been buried under debris; set up shelters; and prepare, serve and deliver meals.
June 24, 2003
Springfield, MO -- To date, more than $28.8 million in disaster assistance has been approved for Missourians in response to the May tornadoes, severe storms and flooding, federal and state disaster officials said today. The following summarizes disaster assistance efforts to date: