Missouri Severe Winter Storm (EM-3303)

Incident period: January 26, 2009 to January 28, 2009
Emergency Declaration declared on January 30, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 4, 2009
News Release
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Teams of disaster recovery experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and local officials are conducting assessments in the Bootheel and southern Missouri areas to determine what types of federal assistance may be offered as a result of damage from the January ice storm.
February 3, 2009
News Release
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There are less than scrupulous contractors out there, who prey on people in difficult circumstances. Even more incredible are the fake offers of state and federal aid to disaster victims. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) encourage Missouri property owners to beware of scam artists that tend to follow disasters. "Beware of imposters," said Tom Hall, FEMA's federal coordinating officer for disaster operations in Missouri. "FEMA and SEMA representatives always wear photo IDs."
February 1, 2009
News Release
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As victims of the recent ice storm turn to the task of cleaning up debris, the State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge them to exercise caution. Many jobs will require the use of tools and machinery that, if used improperly, could result in serious injury or death. The chain saw is one of the most efficient and productive power tools used for debris clean up. If  used improperly it can be dangerous. To avoid harm, follow these simple instructions:
January 31, 2009
News Release
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge residents who may be using generators for power to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. As ice storm victims tackle the massive job of clearing up debris left by the recent storms many will turn to portable generators for power. Experts warn that gasoline powered generators should not be used indoors because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities have reported several deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning.
January 31, 2009
News Release
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A false rumor circulating in the hard-hit Bootheel and southern Missouri areas states the Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse anyone who has purchased a generator in recent weeks. FEMA does not reimburse generator purchases, except in extremely rare circumstances of documented medical or extraordinary needs.
January 31, 2009
News Release
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Recent carbon monoxide poisoning deaths in Missouri following this January's severe ice storms bring home the need to beware the dangers of a silent killer, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

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