JEFFERSON CITY (WGEM) — Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Tuesday that residents affected by flooding or severe storms in Lewis County as well as Callaway, Jefferson, McDonald, Newton, and Saline are eligible to apply for federal assistance.
The Governor’s office stated that late Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Missouri’s request to expand the federal major disaster declaration to the additional counties for the period of April 29 to July 5.
FEMA’s action makes its Individual Assistance program available to eligible residents in the newly added counties. The Individual Assistance program assists with temporary housing, housing repairs, and the replacement of household items.
“This is very welcome news for Missouri homeowners and renters who are working hard to recover and rebuild,” Governor Parson said. “FEMA assistance to individuals has sent nearly $5 million to help more than 1,000 Missouri families since the disaster was first declared on July 9. The extension of the disaster to these six additional counties means more people will receive important financial assistance. We urge eligible residents to apply for assistance now.”
Individuals and families who sustained damage or losses due to the flooding or severe storms from April 29 to July 5 in one of the Missouri counties included in the Individual Assistance disaster declaration can register for disaster assistance by going to DisasterAssistance.gov or calling FEMA’s toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a TTY, dial 1-800-462-7585. The faster people register with FEMA, the faster they may be able to receive assistance.
FEMA disaster assistance to eligible individuals generally falls into these categories:
Those affected by the flooding or severe storms are encouraged to continue to document losses, including photographing damage and retaining receipts. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) is working with FEMA to identify new locations where FEMA will operate Disaster Recovery Centers to assist survivors with answers to their questions and help with registering for assistance. However, there is no need to wait to register. Disaster survivors are encouraged to register online or by calling FEMA. The deadline for most Individual Assistance programs is 60 days after the disaster has been declared by the President.
On July 9, President Trump approved Individual Assistance to 20 Missouri counties: Andrew, Atchison, Boone, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Greene, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Lafayette, Lincoln, Livingston, Miller, Osage, Pike, Platte, Pulaski, and St. Charles. To date, 1,049 households in these counties have received more than $4,937,000.