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Missouri Tornadoes and Flooding 2017

Severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding devastated areas in Missouri from April 28 to May 11, 2017.  The President made a major disaster declaration for Missouri on June 2, 2017.

For Missouri Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4317), Individual and Household Assistance is available to those in Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, St. Louis City, Stoney, Taney, and Texas counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Note:  THE FEMA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1, 2017.  Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO AUGUST 1, 2017. 

Key resources for those affected by the flooding:

Missouri Legal Assistance Hotline:  1-800-829-4128

Residents and businesses affected by the April & May storms and flooding can apply for government disaster relief benefits online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov.
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO FEMA IS AUGUST 1, 2017.  YOU MUST PUT IN YOUR SBA APPLICATION BY AUGUST 1, 2017 TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE.

Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

Another option is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov  or via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
  • You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.

Other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster: