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Disaster Funds Allocation

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Disaster Survivors Urged to Spend Disaster Funds for Approved Uses

Release date:
July 20, 2017
Release Number:
NR-58
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Disaster assistance grants to Missouri survivors of the April 28 to May 11, 2017 severe storms and flooding must be used only for approved disaster-related expenses. The deadline to apply for federal assistance is now Aug. 14, 2017.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds Missourians that disaster grants should not be used for regular living expenses, such as utilities, food, medical or dental bills not related to the disaster or for travel, entertainment or any discretionary expense not related to the disaster.

Federal law prohibits duplicating federal grants from other sources. FEMA encourages survivors to keep their receipts for three years to show how the funds were spent.

When a grant is awarded, FEMA will send applicants a letter listing approved uses including:

Home repairs (e.g., structure, water, septic and sewage systems).
Rental assistance for a different place to live temporarily.
Repair or replacement of a flooded essential vehicle.
Medical care for an injury caused by the disaster.
Repair, cleaning or replacement of clothing, specialized tools.
Necessary educational materials (e.g., computers, school books, supplies).
Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster.
Other disaster-related expenses.
Survivors may spend the FEMA grant in ways that help them achieve the goal of permanent, safe, sanitary and functional housing.

Rental assistance grants are provided for temporary housing when a disaster leaves a survivor’s home uninhabitable or inaccessible.
Homeowners and renters can choose to rent an apartment, house, mobile home or some other temporary rental unit.
If survivors intend to seek continued rental assistance, they will need receipts to show they used the grant for rent.
If survivors have any questions, they may call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST seven days a week until further notice.

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, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.



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July 20, 2017 - 12:10
State/Tribal Government or Region: Missouri
Related Disaster(s):
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Interesting. Thanks. I would be interested in reading the report cards on the major insurance companies who insure property owners and renters in the areas where disasters take place. Are they really 'like a good neighbor?'

And WTF? with the dern sink holes? Are Floridians covered with home owners insurance?

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Asymetryczna wrote:
Interesting. Thanks. I would be interested in reading the report cards on the major insurance companies who insure property owners and renters in the areas where disasters take place. Are they really 'like a good neighbor?'

And WTF? with the dern sink holes? Are Floridians covered with home owners insurance?


Insurance companies routinely hire private adjusters during disasters who are under the gun to lowball claims. It happens frequently I hear.

I dunno about sinkholes. I live in Iowa, & somehow I am covered for earthquakes. I would think that Floridians would be covered, sinkholes being a peril in that part of the country, although insurance companies get out of offering flood insurance. Flood insurance falls to the federal government.

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