Columbia, MO -- The number of counties included in the President Bush's May 6 disaster declaration has grown to 79. Of those, 10 are eligible for Individual Assistance only, 31 for Public Assistance only and 38 for both forms of assistance.
Individual Assistance includes grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary form of assistance available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials report the following disaster recovery data, which reflect total assistance to individuals, families and businesses of more than $5.4 million:
- 1,341 applications for assistance received
- 700 disaster housing grants totaling $1,256,298
- 986 housing inspections issued; 944 completed
- SBA loan applications approved total $3,165,200
- Individual and Family Grants total $1,001,074
- 584 people have visited Disaster Recovery Centers
Public Assistance is provided on a cost-share basis to state and local governments and some non-profit organizations. The grants can be used to replace or repair disaster-damaged public facilities.
Missouri counties where both forms of assistance are available are Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Butler, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Cedar, Christian, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Howell, Iron, Laclede, Lawrence, Madison, McDonald, Mississippi, Oregon, Ozark, Perry, Polk, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Wayne, Webster and Wright. Counties declared for Individual Assistance only are Dunklin, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Jefferson, New Madrid, Newton, Pemiscot, St. Francois and Washington.
Those eligible for Public Assistance only are Adair, Boone, Carroll, Chariton, Clark, Cooper, Dekalb, Grundy, Howard, Johnson, Knox, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Maries, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Osage, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Ralls, Ray, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Sullivan.