ST LOUIS, Mo. -- Residents and business owners throughout Missouri who sustained damages from severe storms earlier this month are asked to call and report those damages to federal and state disaster recovery officials.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said a special toll-free telephone line has been established to take reports of damages that occurred from April 3-14, 1999.
The phone number to report damages is: 1-800-462-9029. For those who are hearing- or speech-impaired, the number is 1-800-462-7585. Calls are free and can be taken from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Last week, residents and business owners in Madison County became eligible for state and federal disaster assistance after President Clinton declared Missouri a major disaster area. Those residents are being asked to call that same number to register for disaster assistance if they sustained damages from the early April storms.
Renters, homeowners and business owners who were affected by the severe storms and flooding are encouraged to call and provide a damage report. These calls will help state and federal disaster recovery officials determine if there is a need for assistance in counties other than Madison, according to SEMA Director Jerry Uhlmann.
FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Curt Musgrave added, "Right now, we want to hear from all people who may have gotten damage from flooding, high winds or tornadoes from April 3rd through the 14th."
The assistance programs include: grants for short-term rental needs, grants to make minimal home repairs, low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to repair major damage and/or replace damaged personal property; and grants to meet serious disaster-related needs not covered by other programs.