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Posted on: July 12, 2017

NEWS RELEASE: Three Weeks Remain to Apply for Disaster Assistance

News Release

Three Weeks Remain for Missouri Homeowners, Renters and Businesses to Apply for Disaster Assistance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri homeowners, renters and businesses that sustained property damage or loss caused by the storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 have three weeks left to register and apply for federal disaster assistance.

The deadline to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

Eligible homeowners and renters may be able to receive money from FEMA for losses not covered by insurance to help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs such as replacing personal property. FEMA Individual Assistance is grant money that does not have to be repaid.

 There are three ways to register: 

  • Call 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available.
  • Go online to
  • Use the FEMA app for smartphones.

 The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizationshaving difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Loan is March 2, 2018.

Survivors are encouraged to apply online using SBA’s electronic loan application at 

Survivors who are contacted by SBA regarding a low-interest disaster loan application should complete and submit the application as soon as possible.Returning the application does not obligate the survivor to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance. 

For more information, survivors may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing,or visiting SBA’s website at Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339. 

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register.

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For disaster updates from FEMA, follow @FEMAregion7 on Twitter, and turn on mobile notifications. Visit the disaster webpage at 

For disaster updates from the State of Missouri, visit Missouri’s recovery website at can also follow @MoPublicSafety on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Follow FEMA online at,, and Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profitorganizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.

These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance CustomerService Center by calling 800-659-2955,emailing, or visiting SBA’s website at and hard- of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

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