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Missouri tops $20 million in federal disaster aid

In less than four weeks since Mo. received a presidential disaster declaration, $22,481,330 has been approved in supplemental federal assistance to disaster survivors in the state, according to FEMA officials.

"Getting money into the hands of eligible survivors as quickly as possible is a top priority," said Libby Turner, federal coordinating officer for the disaster. "That goes a long way toward rebuilding these communities. We know the financial clock is ticking for survivors after a disaster, and we want to make every minute count when it comes to helping families recover."

Registration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the first step for survivors in the determination for eligibility. Individuals may register with FEMA online anytime by smartphone, or by telephone at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY call 800-462-7585, or use 711, or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 800-621-3362.

The following breakdown gives a snapshot of the $22,481,330 approved in federal disaster assistance to date:

Funds Approved

  • $12.6 million for housing assistance;
  • $7.3 million to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as lost personal possessions under FEMA's Other Needs Assistance program;
  • $2.5 million approved for disaster loans to homeowners and businesses from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Recovery

  • 12,892 registrations have been filed with FEMA for disaster assistance;
  • Nearly 200,000 disaster recovery fliers have been distributed to residents, business owners and local organizations by FEMA community relations specialists;
  • 6,760 damaged homes and properties have been inspected by FEMA inspectors (97 percent of requests);
  • 176 disaster unemployment assistance claims have been approved.

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