COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Homeowners, renters and business owners who were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding of March 8-13 and March 30 - April 3, 2006, have been approved to receive more than $32,605,969 million in assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
Recovery Services Summary as of June 14, 2006:
- 3,802 individuals have registered for Individual Assistance.
- $3,484,264 has been approved through the Individuals and Household Program. Of that, FEMA has provided $1,988,697 in Housing Assistance and $1,495,566 in Other Needs Assistance.
- $24,687,000 in loans have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for individuals and businesses in Missouri. Of that amount, $20,923,500 was approved for home loans and $3,763,500 for business loans.
- $22,457 has been disbursed in Disaster Unemployment Assistance; 33 claims have been approved.
- 251 applicants have requested manufactured homes. Some 133 households have leased units (some larger households have multiple units). Accessible units with a wider entrance, handrails, and low-step tub entry also are available.
- $4,412,248 in Public Assistance has been obligated to Missouri by FEMA. The funds will be used by the State of Missouri to reimburse local governments and agencies for documented debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repairs associated with the severe storms.
Affected Missouri residents and business owners who have disaster assistance questions may call the toll-free Helpline number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT. Those with a speech- or hearing-impairment may call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Residents may also visit online at www.fema.gov.
If you have questions or need help filling out your SBA application you can call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or visit the SBA Website at www.sba.gov/disaster.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.