FEMA

FEMA Funding
5:50 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Bridgeton still waiting on 'Good Friday Tornado' funding

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder listens to public input about Missouri’s response to the 2011 ‘Good Friday Tornado’ at an interim committee hearing Aug. 1, 2012.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is asking the State Emergency Management Agency to explain why the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton has not received $500,000 in FEMA funds to help it recover from the 2011 Good Friday tornado.

Kinder chairs an interim legislative committee on disaster preparedness, response and recovery, which agreed today to give SEMA 48 hours to respond.  

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Morning Round-up
7:44 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, April 20, 2012

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Washington University officials on the lookout for bacterial meningitis 

Officials at Washington University are on the lookout for possible cases of bacterial meningitis after a female undergraduate student was diagnosed with the bacteria that can cause the illness.

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Leap Day Storms
2:11 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Illinois to recalculate storm damage cost for FEMA

Residents take in some of the damage after a severe storm hit in the early morning hours on February 29, 2012, in Harrisburg, Ill.
UPI/Paul Newton/The Southern

Illinois will get the chance to convince the federal government to reverse denial of aid to southern Illinois homeowners socked by last month's deadly tornados.

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Disaster assistance
2:57 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

State gets additional federal help for Joplin tornado, flooding

Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. pictured here on May 23, 2011, following a devastating tornado that ripped through the town.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

Missouri has received another $47 million in federal grants to help cover the costs of natural disasters that pounded the state over the summer.

The grants, announced today by Republican senator Roy Blunt, include:

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FEMA/Missouri
1:50 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Mo. gets $5M disaster-recovery grant from FEMA

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon walks with resident Anthony Tumminia during a tour of tornado damage in Sunset Hills, Mo. on Jan. 1, 2011. Sunset Hills sustained damage to about 25 homes in a storm Dec. 31, 2010. Tumminia'a home was completely destroyed.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri is getting more than $5 million from the federal government to help in the long-term recovery for people hit by tornadoes and flooding.

The grant announced Wednesday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be available to help people hit by tornadoes in the Joplin and St. Louis areas, as well as flooding along the Mississippi River and in southern Missouri.

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National emergency test
4:57 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for next week

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Federal officials will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) next week.

It’s scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, November 9th, and will be broadcast over every radio station, TV station and cable network across the country.  Mike O’Connell with the Missouri Department of Public Safety says state officials are helping spread the word, so that residents don’t mistake the test for a real emergency.

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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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Joplin Tornado /FEMA
11:20 am
Mon August 29, 2011

McCaskill: funding for Joplin not in jeopardy

The view of some of the damage following the strike from a massive tornado to the area on May 22.
(via Flickr/Meagan)

Updated at 3:47 p.m. following a press conference with McCaskill

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says federal funding for Joplin is not in jeopardy.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said last week that funding for some long-term projects in the tornado-ravaged town would be put on hold because of Hurricane Irene.

McCaskill said she was worried initially (see earlier story below) but says she got a better explanation over the weekend.

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Disaster declaration
10:38 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Six northwest Mo. counties receive disaster declaration

Six counties in northwest Missouri have received federal disaster declarations for the flooding that blew the Missouri River out of its banks in June and July.
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The federal government has approved the disaster declaration for six counties in northwest Missouri that were pounded by flooding along the Missouri River.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday that eligible residents of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Lafayette and Platte counties can seek federal assistance uninsured property that was lost to the flood. Eligible expenses include temporary housing, home repair, and the replacement of household items.  

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Southwestern Illinois Levees
10:11 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Judge tosses suit challenging FEMA flood mapping in S.W. Ill.

A levee in Granite City, Ill.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit three southwestern Illinois counties filed to block the U.S. government from declaring the region's levees functionally useless.

U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert called the lawsuit moot Monday, after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in court it had no plans to pull the accreditation of the region's levees as part of a levee-mapping effort.

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