July 07, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

FEMA Assistance Available for May Storm Damage

Springfield-Greene County residents who sustained significant home or business property damage from the May 8-16, 2009 storms may qualify for federal disaster assistance.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives told the Springfield City Council Tuesday that Greene County is one of 24 in Missouri to qualify for both individual and public assistance from the severe storms in May.

Disaster assistance is currently available by phone or online. Call 1-800-621-3362 (for speech and hearing impaired, call 1-800-462-7585). Or apply online at: www.disasterassistance.gov.

The types of programs that residents may be eligible for include: FEMA grants for homeowners or renters to replace uninsured or underinsured losses to disaster-damaged real estate or personal property; low-interest government loans for eligible homeowners and renters through the Small Business Administration (SBA); Business Physical Disaster Loans for business owners to repair or replace disaster-damaged property or equipment; and Economic Injury Disaster Loans, which provide working capital to assist through a disaster recovery period.

FEMA recommends having the following information available to make application for assistance: A phone number and reliable alternate number; address of the damaged property; Social Security number; current mailing address; brief description of damages; insurance information for those who are insured; and bank account information.

For information about the SBA programs, contact: (800) 659-2955, or visit: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

For more information, contact: FEMA News Desk, (573) 632-2195; or the SBA, (800) 659-2955.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov