JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance to individuals and households is now available in Montgomery County. This county has been added to 17 counties and the Independent City of St. Louis for FEMA's individual assistance.
The action makes a wide range of programs available to residents, such as funding for temporary disaster housing assistance, replacement grants for serious disaster-related needs, and expenses not covered by insurance or assistance programs.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations are also available to repair or replace damaged or destroyed property. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
Those suffering loss and damage from the severe storms, flooding and tornado during the period of Sept. 11-24 should register for assistance at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. Telephone lines are open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the exception of the following dates:
- Thursday, Dec. 25 (closed)
- Friday, Dec. 26 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m).
Applicants can also register online anytime at www.fema.gov
When registering, provide your Social Security number and the name shown on your Social Security card. Be ready with the following information:
- Your current phone number;
- Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
- A general list of damages and losses you suffered;
- If insured, the name of your company or agent and your policy number;
- General financial information;
- Bank account coding if you wish to speed up your assistance with direct deposit.
Register with FEMA even if you have insurance. FEMA does not duplicate insurance payments, but applicants who are under-insured may be reconsidered after claims have been settled.
In addition to Montgomery, residents of Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Howell, Jefferson, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Osage, Schuyler, St. Charles, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, and Webster counties and the Independent City of St. Louis are currently eligible to register for FEMA's individual assistance if they have not done so already.
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.