Springfield, MO -- Missouri residents and business owners in the 74 counties declared eligible for Individual Assistance have less than one month to apply for disaster assistance. The last day applications for Individual Assistance will be accepted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is July 7. Loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-related losses to real and personal property must also be submitted by that date.
"We want people to understand that this is merely an application deadline," said Mike Karl, federal coordinating officer. "For individuals who have already applied, their cases will continue to be processed. New applications will not be accepted after the July 7th deadline."
FEMA assistance may be available for uninsured and under-insured Missourians who sustained damages from the May tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding. Insured homeowners must settle with their insurance companies before FEMA can provide assistance.
"Often this means that a person needs to update his or her application with us after an insurance settlement is reached," explained Karl.
Federal and state disaster recovery officials urge those who have not done so to apply as soon as possible by calling the toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Hearing or speech-impaired individuals may call the TTY registration at 1-800-462-7585.
To date, 6,046 individuals have applied for disaster assistance in Missouri. More than $23.5 million has been approved for individuals affected by the May disaster, including more than $17.1 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.