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.
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 making minimal home repairs and/or to pay for temporary housing until repairs can be made. These housing checks generally are issued seven to 10 days after applying with FEMA.
Individuals and families in St. Louis city and county are beginning to receive checks through the Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG). To date, more than $250,000 in IFG grants have been approved because of the July flooding. IFG grants are designed to help with the costs of serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other programs.
FEMA inspections of storm-damaged residential properties in the St. Louis area will continue with each new disaster registration received. The inspections, required to verify damages to determine eligibility for disaster housing assistance, generally are completed three to five days after applications are received through FEMA's toll-free registration line.