FEMA Coordinating Federal Response To Midwest Floods

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Release date: 
March 21, 2008
Release Number: 
R7-08-041

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to support Missouri and other Midwest states impacted by floods following heavy rains earlier this week. In each case, state and local resources are addressing the most immediate needs as federal resources support their efforts.

FEMA's support to Missouri includes:

  • The President issued a major disaster declaration on March 19, within hours of receiving the governor's request, approving direct federal assistance to support emergency needs for the flooding in southern Missouri.
  • FEMA staff is on the ground working closely with its partners at the federal/state joint field office and in the Missouri State Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  • To support state and local response operations, FEMA has deployed a Federal Incident Response Support Team (FIRST-Chicago) to Missouri to support states needs.
  • The FIRST-Chicago will be joined by a FIRST team mobile command and control vehicle on March 22.
  • FEMA Region VII's Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in Kansas City, Mo., remains activated.
  • FEMA provided two truckloads of water to the City of Piedmont in Wayne County after a water main rupture damaged the city's water system. One truckload (18,000 liters) serves 5,000 people for one day. No further requests have been made for resources.
  • To date, federal representatives and its non-profit partners from the affected regions and across the nation have responded to deliver immediate aid and coordination efforts under the combined federal response led by FEMA. Efforts undertaken in Missouri include:
  • Acting in response to the President's disaster declaration, liaisons for the Department of Defense, American Red Cross and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are assisting in the RRCC.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) continues its assistance to the State of Missouri. As of 7 a.m. March 21, the USCG from St. Louis, New Orleans and Paducah, Ky., have rescued fifty-two persons and fifteen pets from the flood waters. Currently the USCG has Disaster Assistance Response Team's in Eureka, Popular Bluff and Cape Girardeau. Coast Guard helicopters have been diverted to Eureka to area assist local and state responders.
  • The USACE has deployed three flood fighting teams who are providing engineering and technical expertise to levee districts and communities impacted by rising river levels. The USACE have provided 300,000 sandbags and 150 rolls of plastic sheeting to state and local governmental entities. And, the USACE EOC stood up on March 18 and will continue to operate until flood waters recede.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been working closely with FEMA, reporting transportation status and impacts from the flooding. DOT continues to monitor the situation and the federal response and is standing by to support as required.
  • American Red Cross chapters in Missouri have opened shelters and have initiated feeding operations across the state. Mobile feeding trucks have been deployed statewide and a Southern Baptist kitchen is supplying the Red Cross feeding operation in southern Missouri. The American Red Cross also is deploying disaster assessment teams to flooded areas.

FEMA support to other Midwest states includes:

FEMA Region V in Chicago has activated its RRCC and has a liaison in the Illinois and Indiana EOCs. The region also is home to the FIRST-Chicago deployed to support Missouri.

FEMA Region VI in Denton, Texas, also has activated its RRCC and has a liaison in the Arkansas EOC. In addition, the region has nine teams already scheduled to deploy next week, once waters have receded, to conduct joint Preliminary Damage Assessments with Arkansas officials.

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July 19, 2012 - 23:02
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