KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help St. Louis area residents following President Clinton's disaster declaration for severe storms and flooding that occurred in July.
The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and is current as of Nov. 13, 1998.
Disaster Recovery Center Closing this Saturday
The state/federal disaster recovery center that has been open in Jennings since Oct. 26, will be permanently closing at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 14. The center, located at 64 Northland Center, is designed to provide disaster applicants with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with specialists who can help answer individual questions about disaster assistance. Since the center opening, 205 people have visited with recovery officials.
Questions about your application? Call the FEMA Helpline!
With the closing of the recovery center, disaster victims still can get help with their individual questions. Recovery information is available through the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321, (TTY: 1-800-660-8005) for anyone who has already registered for disaster assistance. The Helpline is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
FEMA Teleregistration Hours Change
Toll-free registration for disaster victims has been scaled back to five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is the first step in beginning the disaster assistance process. The toll-free registration number is 1-800-462-9029. People who are hearing- or speech-impaired can call TTY: 1-800-462-7585.
Deadline Announced for Disaster Assistance Applications
December 18 is the last day applications for disaster assistance for the July storms will be accepted through the FEMA toll-free registration number. Calling this number is the only way to apply for state and federal disaster assistance. Again, the registration number is 1-800-462-9029 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585). Available disaster recovery programs include: disaster housing assistance, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and grants for serious unmet needs.
Quick Return Urged For SBA Loan Applications
Disaster recovery officials are urging applicants who received SBA loan applications when they registered for assistance, to return the applications to the SBA as soon as possible. Officials point out that the sooner the applications are returned to SBA, the sooner money for rebuilding may be available.
Applications for long-term, low-interest physical damage disaster loans from SBA also must be filed by December 18, but businesses that qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans have until July 19, 1999 to apply.
Protect yourself in the future, buy flood insurance!!
State and federal disaster recovery officials remind all St. Louisians who do not have flood insurance to contact their insurance agent or the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for more information on how to purchase this important coverage. There is a 30-day waiting period so it's best not to delay until the next storm is imminent. Coverage is available to homeowners, renters and business owners wanting to insure their structure, contents, or both. For more information, call NFIP toll-free 1-800-427-4661.
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE SUMMARY:
- As of Friday, (Nov. 13), more than 1,450 residents and business owners in St. Louis city and county had applied for disaster assistance through FEMA's toll-free registration line.
- Nearly $800,000 in disaster housing checks have been approved to assist St. Louis area storm victims in mak...