JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Relations (CR) teams are working across the state of Missouri to reach out to individuals affected by the severe weather from May 8 - 16.
Teams of CR specialists advise residents, business owners, non-profit agencies and faith-based organizations how to register for disaster assistance. They also work to identify people with special needs, seniors and those with disabilities.
Easily identified by FEMA photo ID badges, CR representatives seek out any location where people affected by the disaster might be found. They provide information on how to access recovery resources, such as grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also may be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
Individuals in 28 counties who sustained damages resulting from severe storms, tornadoes and flooding during the May 8 - 16 incident period, may be eligible for disaster assistance. Those counties are: Adair, Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Laclede, Lawrence, Madison, Newton, Ozark, Polk, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Francois, Shannon, Texas, Washington, and Webster counties.
Affected individuals may register for assistance by going to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or, for the hearing- or speech-impaired, (TTY) 800-462-7585. Telephone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, while online registration is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.