Missouri Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1980)

Incident period: April 19, 2011 to June 6, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 9, 2011

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 8, 2011
News Release
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In less than four weeks since Missouri received a Presidential disaster declaration, $22,481,330 has been approved in supplemental federal assistance to disaster survivors in the state. "Getting money into the hands of eligible survivors as quickly as possible is a top priority," said Libby Turner, federal coordinating officer for the disaster. "That goes a long way toward rebuilding these communities. We know the financial clock is ticking for survivors after a disaster, and we want to make every minute count when it comes to helping families recover."
June 8, 2011
News Release
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missourians in the federally disaster-declared counties impacted by the recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes have one month left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance. The deadline to register is July 8, 2011.
June 8, 2011
News Release
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Receiving Social Security benefits and other forms of government aid should not prevent Missourians from applying for or receiving disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "A federal grant will not add to taxable income, as long as the grant is given as assistance to recover from a disaster,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner.  "This means that receiving disaster aid will not affect Social Security benefits."
June 6, 2011
News Release
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Tornado survivor Ashley Stevens provides an insight into disaster recovery. "People laugh when I tell them our guinea pigs and gold fish survived the tornado.  It is pretty funny. But my good friend lost her two children." The contrast of humor and pain is one hallmark of the disaster recovery process for many people in Missouri.  Stevens, a Joplin survivor, is clearly still in a daze moving through the steps towards recovery and trying to live today.
June 6, 2011
News Release
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Found in a flooded, steel culvert, claws worn away, a chocolate Labrador Retriever desperately clung to life as it fought to keep its head above water in the aftermath of Joplin's devastating tornado last week. Though he had been missing for three days, Sampson was finally reunited with his family this week through the diligent disaster efforts of volunteers at the Joplin Humane Society.
June 6, 2011
News Release
COLUMBIA, Mo. – With thousands of sizeable disaster assistance checks being distributed to survivors of the recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes in Missouri, state and federal officials are urging recipients to handle the money with caution and confine spending to disaster-related losses. Eligible storm survivors may receive disaster assistance either by direct deposit to the applicant’s bank account or arrive as a check by mail at the address indicated on the disaster-assistance application.

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