FEMA deadline extended for individual assistance in Mo.

COLUMBIA, MO (KFVS) - The deadline to apply for individual disaster assistance for Missouri residents has been extended.

At the request of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners who suffered damage from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding to register for state and federal disaster assistance.

The new deadline is Aug. 26, 2011, according to FEMAs joint field office in Columbia, Mo.

"If you had damage, you must register with FEMA by Aug. 26, 2011. Don't prejudge your situation or feel that you may be taking something away from your neighbor," said Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner.  "We want to make every effort to reach all Missourians and ensure that they receive assistance for eligible losses."

Officials say applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register twice. Duplicate registrations will delay processing an application.

Renters, homeowners and businesses in the following 25 Missouri counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance: Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Howell, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Newton, Pemiscot, Pettis, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Saint Francois, Saint Louis, Scott, Stoddard, Stone, Taney and Wayne.

"After you register, an inspector will call to make arrangements to visit your damaged home or apartment," Turner said. "Ask for identification when an inspector arrives. FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) inspectors all have photo identification badges and there is no fee for their inspections."

FEMA officials say the SBA deadline for physical damage also has been extended to Aug. 26, 2011. The deadline for Economic Injury Disaster Loans remains Feb. 9, 2012.

For Illinois residents, the deadline for individual assistance is Aug. 8.

That's for homeowners or renters.

You can visit FEMA's website, visit disasterassistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362 to register.

Carl Henderson with FEMA says $15.5 million has already been awarded to residents in southern Illinois for disaster assistance.

FEMA has already handed out over $7 million in assistance for New Madrid, Butler and Mississippi Counties.

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