COLUMBIA, Mo. -- As floodwaters begin to recede in northwest Missouri, inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency may be able to access homes of survivors who have registered for federal flood aid.
According to reports made by registrants, 111 homes in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Lafayette and Platte counties currently remain inaccessible by car due to high waters.
If you have already registered with FEMA for assistance, it is important to stay in touch with FEMA to let them know when your home becomes accessible by car for a damage inspection.
When homes are not accessible due to a disaster like the one in northwest Missouri, FEMA may provide rental assistance. Having a damaged property inspected by FEMA may open the door to further assistance with the damages. Additional rental assistance may be provided on a month-by-month basis while a home remains inaccessible.
Even if you have insurance, your insurance coverage may not meet all your needs and FEMA may be able to help.
If you have not yet registered for federal assistance, it is important to do so at once. The deadline to register is Nov. 10, 2011.
Call the FEMA Helpline -- 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) -- or visit one of FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Centers to let officials know when your home is accessible. Recovery centers are located in Holt and Buchanan counties at 312 E. 7th St., Mound City, Mo., 64470, and 4950 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, Mo., 64506.
Registration for flood assistance also may be completed by calling the Helpline. If the applicant has a speech disability or hearing loss and uses a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if the applicant uses 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Multilanguage assistance is available. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Registration also is available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by smartphone at m.fema.gov.
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.