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27 06, 2017

Help Remains After FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Close

2017-06-27T11:22:48+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Latest News|

JEFFERSON CITY, MOFEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Maries, and Taney counties will close at 7 pm on Saturday, June 24. But survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms can still obtain help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are also available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. 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. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The Helpline can help survivors:

  • Register with FEMA
  • Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays
  • Obtain information about FEMA home inspections
  • Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance
  • Get questions answered about letters from FEMA
  • Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision

Having the nine-digit FEMA registration number and Zip Code of the affected property will be useful when calling the Helpline.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the other FEMA disaster centers, where representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can answer questions on disaster assistance or low-interest disaster loans. Locations of recovery centers appear online at https://recovery.mo.gov/ and at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Applicants may also contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Survivors can register with FEMA by:

  • Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Using the FEMA app for smartphones
  • Calling 800-621-3362 between 6 am and 10 pm CST. Multilingual registration assistance is available. People who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585

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.

23 06, 2017

What to Expect in the FEMA Registration Process

2017-10-09T13:03:09+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Latest News|

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missourians who sustained property damage or loss caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 should apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency – even if they have insurance. Survivors in 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 counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance that may include money to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, or other disaster-related expenses.

Also, homeowners, renters, and business owners may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources.

Here are three steps to follow when applying for federal disaster assistance.

Step One: Registration

Register with FEMA.

  • Call 800-621-3362. For TTY call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362.
  • Go online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Use the FEMA app for smartphones.
  • Survivors also can register with FEMA at a disaster recovery center. Find the nearest center by going online to recovery.mo.gov/ or fema.gov/DRC.
  • Those who have insurance should contact their agent and register with FEMA.
  • When calling FEMA, it is helpful to have the following information handy:
    • Social Security number
    • Address of the damaged primary residence or apartment
    • Description of damage
    • Information about insurance coverage
    • A current contact telephone number
    • An address where survivors can receive mail
    • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds
  • If survivors are contacted by the SBA regarding a low-interest disaster loan application, it is important to complete and submit it as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate the survivor to accept an SBA loan. However, submitting a completed application is necessary to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.
  • The 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 organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.
  • For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

When applying for assistance, survivors will receive a nine-digit registration number that can be used for reference when corresponding with FEMA.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities. When registering, survivors should let FEMA staff know they have a need or a reasonable accommodation request.

Step Two: Inspections

After survivors register, a FEMA-contracted inspector may call to set up an appointment to assess the damaged property. Inspectors will never ask for bank account information, and there is no cost for the inspection.

When FEMA inspectors arrive at a home, they will display official photo identification. If the photo identification is not displayed, it is important to ask to see it.

Survivors should make sure the home or mailbox number is easily visible from the road. As part of the inspection process, survivors must provide proof of ownership or occupancy.

  • Homeowners may show a tax bill, mortgage payment receipt or insurance policy with the property’s address.
  • Renters may show a lease, rent payment receipt, utility bill or other document confirming the home was their primary residence at the time of the disaster.
  • Homeowners and renters must also present a valid driver’s license or other photo ID.

Step Three: Follow Up With FEMA

After registering for assistance, survivors will receive a letter regarding their application status. Some applicants may receive an SMS/text message. The letter will explain the status of the application and how to respond. It is important to read the letter carefully.

It is important to read and follow up with any correspondence from FEMA. Survivors may have to log into their account on DisasterAssistance.gov or call the helpline at 800-621-3362 to keep the application process moving. They are also urged to keep their contact information updated with a current address and phone number to ensure FEMA can reach them with new information or questions.

For disaster updates from FEMA, follow @FEMAregion7 on Twitter, and turn on mobile notifications. Visit the disaster webpage at www.fema.gov/disaster/4317.

For disaster updates from the State of Missouri, visit Missouri’s recovery website at Recovery.mo.gov. You can also follow @MoPublicSafety on Twitter, and facebook.com/MoPublicSafety/ on Facebook.

Follow FEMA online at fema.gov/blog, twitter.com/fema, facebook.com/fema and youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Acting Administrator Bob Fenton’s activities at twitter.com/bobatfema.

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-profit organizations, 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 Customer Service Center by

calling 800-659-2955,emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov,orvisitingSBA’swebsiteatSBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearingindividualsmaycall800-877-8339.

All FEMA  disasterassistancewillbeprovidedwithoutdiscriminationonthegroundsofrace,color, sex(including sexualharassment),religion,national origin, age, disability, limitedEnglish proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believeyour civil rights are beingviolated, call800-621-3362 or800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

1 06, 2017

2017 Summer Photo Contest

2017-10-09T13:03:10+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Latest News|

Arnold Parks & Rec LogoThe City of Arnold Parks & Recreation Department invites all photographers 18 years and older, both amateur and professional, to share your best original photos taken at any City of Arnold Parks & Recreation facility, event, sport, program, or class.

The 2017 theme is “Creating Community Through People, Parks & Programs!”

All photos must be taken at an Arnold Parks & Recreation venue. All photos submitted have the possibility of being used in City of Arnold Parks & Recreation publications and promotions, along with photographer acknowledgment where feasible.

See the information links below for more information about categories, prizes, rules, criteria, and submission details, as well as PDFs for download needed for submission of entries. A printed Contest Packet can be picked up now at the Arnold Rec Center Front Desk.

DATES:   Jun 1, 2017 – Sep 1, 2017

FREE TO PARTICIPATE

CATEGORIES

PRIZES

RULES, CRITERIA, AND SUBMISSION DETAILS

Photography Contest Packet (download)

Entry Form (download)

Photographer Waiver (download)

Contact Molly Curcuru via email or call us at 636-282-2380 with your questions.