JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- More than $9.1 million in disaster aid has been approved in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for Missouri residents and businesses suffering damage from the severe storms and flooding between June 1 and Aug. 13, state and federal officials announced Friday.
Below is a recovery summary as of the close of business Oct. 16, 2008 for the Individual Assistance program in the declared counties of Adair, Andrew, Callaway, Cass, Chariton, Clark, Gentry, Greene, Harrison, Holt, Johnson, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Nodaway, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, St. Charles, Stone, Taney, Vernon and Webster.
- More than $4.4 million has been approved in housing assistance to help disaster-affected Missourians with temporary housing and home repairs. Another $391,805 has been approved for Other Needs Assistance (ONA), which may include the repair or replacement of personal property and disaster-related transportation, moving, and medical expenses. Missouri provides 25 percent of ONA money provided to applicants.
- 2,372 individuals have applied for assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) toll-free registration number. The deadline to apply for assistance was Oct. 14, 2008.
- 1,752 damage inspections have been completed. Those who may be awaiting an inspector are reminded to keep their appointments to speed recovery assistance.
- Nearly $4.3 million has been approved for homeowners and businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Those who have questions about low-interest loans from SBA can call 1-800-659-2955, e-mail to email@example.com, or visit SBA's Web site at: www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
- SBA has issued a total of 1,770 applications to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofits.
- $23,809 has been paid in Disaster Unemployment Assistance to individuals whose employment was affected by the flooding. The program is administered by the state using FEMA funding and is secondary to non-disaster unemployment assistance.
- 1,320 people visited 6 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists, get help with SBA loan application, or check the status of their applications. All DRCs are now closed.
- FEMA Community Relations (CR) specialists working in disaster-designated counties have visited more than 1,500 flood-stricken residents as well as business owners, church leaders, community groups and local officials, to provide disaster assistance and recovery information.
- FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Community Education and Outreach has visited 285 public libraries and Missouri Extension offices to distribute information on how to rebuild stronger in future storm events.
- A disaster stress hotline is available through the LifeRAFT Crisis line, 1-866-384-1254. A counselor is available to help those impacted in a disaster to understand their current situation and reactions.
- The Young Lawyers Section of the Missouri Bar disaster hotline at 1-800-829-4128 is available to assist people in the disaster-affected counties with basic legal questions, such as replacing lost documents, housing/landlord/tenant disputes, mortgag...