disaster relief

Kinder/SEMA
7:04 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kinder blasts Nixon Admin. for skipping disaster recovery hearing

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, pictured here in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) is criticizing Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administration for not taking part in a disaster recovery hearing Tuesday at the State Capitol.


A House interim committee appointed to examine the state’s response to last year’s flooding and tornadoes held what was supposed to be its final hearing – but it ended early when no one from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) or the Department of Public Safety showed up.  Kinder, who chairs the committee, says they will now send a letter to the Nixon Administration asking for written testimony.

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Leap Day Storms
5:08 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Quinn: FEMA denies Illinois appeal for assistance following tornado, severe storms

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's appeal for assistance after a deadly tornado and severe storms.

Quinn said in a Wednesday news release that he is disappointed with the decision and doesn't believe "it reflects the reality and devastation on the ground."

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Leap Day Storms
4:34 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Quinn to appeal FEMA denial of disaster assistance

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of assistance to homeowners affected by the southern Illinois tornado.

Quinn issued a statement Monday saying he informed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano of his decision.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin and other lawmakers plan to meet with FEMA Director Craig Fugate on Wednesday to challenge the decision.

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RED CROSS
6:06 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Red Cross national disaster warehouse prepares for severe weather

Mary Anderson (front) briefs city and county officials at the agency's national disaster warehouse in north St. Louis
Joseph Leahy

A year after one of the worst winters in decades, emergency officials say St. Louis is prepared for more severe weather. City and county officials were briefed Thursday on the American Red Cross's preparations at its national disaster warehouse in north St. Louis.

Mary Anderson, the Red Cross' regional director of disaster services says since last year's devastating tornados that struck Missouri, the Red Cross is making space in the 100,000 square-foot facility for more supplies.

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Disaster response
5:29 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Mo. House committee releases disaster recommendations

A car remains on its top, three days after a tornado devastated the area of Bridgeton, Mo., on April 25th, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri House committee that’s been looking into natural disaster response has released a list of recommendations for lawmakers to take up next year.

One of them would create a joint House-Senate committee that would have oversight into the use of the state’s Rainy Day fund for disaster expenses.   Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) supports the idea.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, November 18, 2011

Tyler Dasher
(via Facebook)

Services set for Tyler Dasher

Services are set for early next week for a 13-month-old suburban St. Louis boy who authorities say was fatally beaten by his mother.

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Disaster relief
1:53 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Grants and loans for disaster relief in St. Louis County have reached over $3.5 million

Residents remove belongings three days after a tornado devastated the area of Bridgeton, Mo. on April 25, 2011
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

As the six-month anniversary of the presidential disaster declaration for Missouri approaches, federal disaster grants and loans have reached over $3.5 million in St. Louis County.

Grants and loans have been distributed by FEMA’s Individuals and Household Programs, their Public Assistance Program and the Small Business Administration disaster loan program.

The money has been providing for those affected by disasters in St. Louis County.

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Agriculture / Disaster Declaration
4:35 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Disaster declared for farmers in 23 Mo. counties

(via Flickr/Dodo-Bird)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a disaster declaration for farmers in 23 Missouri counties, including several in the St. Louis area, hit by floods and heavy rain since May 1.

Friday's declaration allows farmers in those counties and 26 neighboring counties to seek federal assistance for losses caused by the severe weather. Gov. Jay Nixon had requested the declaration last month.

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Roy Blunt / Disaster Relief
1:20 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Blunt pushing importance of disaster relief bill in U.S. Senate

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 4:31 p.m. with bill passing in the Senate

The Senate has approved a $7 billion bill to replenish nearly empty federal disaster aid accounts. The vote was 62-37.

The legislation still faces opposition from Republicans controlling the House. They promise action on a competing plan in the House next week that would provide $3.7 billion in disaster aid.

The House measure is attached to a bill needed to avert a government shutdown, and that may give Republicans an edge in the partisan dispute.

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Agriculture / Disaster Declaration
1:11 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Gov. Nixon requests disaster declaration from USDA

(via Flickr/Dodo-Bird)

Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help farmers whose crops wilted this summer amid high temperatures and a lack of rain in much of the state.

On Thursday, Nixon asked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to designate 101 Missouri counties (full list of counties below) as primary disaster areas. That would allow eligible farmers to get emergency loans and other federal help.

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