COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Because the safety of families is of utmost concern to the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA), safe rooms will be installed in the mobile home communities before survivors move into the parks.
Construction of the sites moved ahead of original plan because of an expedited pad installation schedule.
The first four safe room units are projected to arrive in Joplin Thursday, Aug. 4. FEMA is in daily communication with the Corps of Engineers to track delivery progress.
Installation can take place within a day of arrival. Survivor families will then begin to move into Officer Jeff Taylor Memorial Acres.
Since mid-June, families have been moving into units installed in commercial mobile home parks in the Joplin area. To date, 123 families have moved into FEMA temporary housing units installed in commercial parks. Another 18 pads are leased and as installation of units is accomplished, families will continue to move in. FEMA is also developing an additional 53 pads at one of the commercial parks.
One priority group for housing is families with school-age children. With the expedited construction schedule (crews working 24 hours a day for more than three weeks), FEMA is currently on schedule to have those families housed before the opening of the school year -- Aug. 17.
Other identified priority families include those who are over age 62 or who have functional needs.
In the two mobile home communities currently under construction all units will be three-bedroom, one-bath units. Units installed in commercial parks include both mobile homes and Park Models, which will fit on smaller pads and are appropriate for households of one or two individuals.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and covers the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA disaster loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY call 1-800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 1-800-621-3362.
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.