Missouri’s request for a major disaster declaration for 20 counties affected by the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that began April 29 has been approved by President Donald Trump.
The declaration also makes the federal Individual Assistance program available to residents of Boone County, along with those in Andrew, Atchison, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Greene, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Lafayette, Lincoln, Livingston, Miller, Osage, Pike, Platte, Pulaski and St. Charles counties, according to a news release from Gov. Mike Parson’s office.
The residents of those counties can apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for temporary housing, repair of damaged homes and replacement of household items.
The state submitted the request for a disaster declaration June 24.
State preliminary damage assessments looked at 1,650 homes and revealed that 953 had either been destroyed or severely damaged. They also showed that 125 of 251 businesses surveyed had either been destroyed or sustained severe damage.
The assessments were a joint effort by the state and federal emergency management agencies and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Preliminary findings in Boone County show that seven homes were damaged by flooding, Sherril Gladney, a planning and preparedness specialist for the Boone County Office of Emergency Management, said. She said eligibility for assistance is not guaranteed.
Individuals and families who believe they are eligible can apply for assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-3362, or by going to www.disasterassistance.gov.
Residents eligible for assistance can get help in the following areas:
- Housing assistance for as long as 18 months for displaced homeowners or renters whose main residences were destroyed or badly damaged. Funding is also available for home repairs or replacement items to make homes livable.
- Other-needs assistance for disaster-related expenses, including moving and storage, vehicles, child care, funeral and burial, essential household items and clean-up items not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.
- Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration for homeowners and renters to cover uninsured property losses. Loans will also be available for businesses whose properties were damaged or destroyed, or who suffered economically from the storms, floods and tornadoes.
- Other disaster assistance programs will include services for crisis counseling, disaster-related unemployment assistance, disaster case management, legal assistance and advice, which includes income tax, housing issues, Social Security and veterans’ benefits.
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