KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has distributed more than $1.04 million in disaster assistance to individuals and households affected by the severe storms and flooding in Missouri May 5-18.
As part of the disaster recovery outreach, FEMA Community Relations representatives capped another week of disaster work today with door-to-door visits to 1,387 disaster victims in 17 counties and visits to 116 local officials, including 28 county emergency managers. The representatives explained FEMA programs, the FEMA registration process and made referrals to appropriate program areas.
Below is a recovery services summary as of close of business Thursday, June 28, 2007:
- 421 residents have applied for individual assistance through the FEMA toll free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY: 1-800-462-7585, or online at www.fema.gov. Individual assistance may include temporary housing assistance or support to initiate essential repairs to homes as well as grants for other disaster-related needs such as medical costs and household furnishings not covered by insurance. Registrants may check the status of their application or ask questions by calling the same number.
- 193 registrations have been approved for assistance;
- 88 percent of damage inspections issued have been completed.
- The majority of inspections are being completed within 1 day of registration.
- $1,042,994 has been disbursed to the victims from the Individuals and Households Program.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.