WASHINGTON , D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Missouri to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and flooding beginning on January 12, 2007, and continuing.
FEMA Director David Paulison said funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis in the counties of Barry, Barton, Callaway, Camden, Christian, Cole, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Lincoln, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Montgomery, Newton, Osage, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Louis, Stone, Warren, Webster, Wright, and the independent City of St. Louis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Paulison named Michael L. Karl the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Karl said that damage surveys have been requested and will be conducted as soon as the situation permits.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.