Federal aid could be on the way as damage is assessed during Missouri floods – Newstalk KZRG

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO)Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will participate in Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) in the City of St. Louis and the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles and Montgomery in response to record flash flooding in the area.

“Our SEMA team members were on the ground assisting local officials throughout the weekend to document damage, collect initial cost estimates, and substantiate the need for disaster assistance from the FEMA,” Governor Parson said. “We cannot thank our SEMA and local teams enough for their efforts to assist the St. Louis area, and we are confident that FEMA’s participation in the Joint Damage Assessments will confirm the need for a Federal Declaration of major disaster. We expect FEMA personnel to be on the ground Monday, working alongside national and local personnel.

Joint PDA teams are made up of representatives from FEMA, the US Small Business Administration, the National Emergency Management Agency, and local emergency management officials. To expedite the federal disaster process, SEMA damage assessment experts from across the state have been assisting local teams in the area since July 27.

Eight teams will jointly verify documented damage to determine what federal programs can be requested to help support recovery. Those who have suffered flood and storm damage should report it to their local emergency management agency, if they have not already done so. Additional joint damage assessments may be conducted in other Missouri counties if additional information is documented locally.

On Tuesday, July 26, Missouri issued Executive Order 22-05 in response to severe flooding. The Order declared a state of emergency in Missouri and activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide An assistance.

To help families affected by flooding and severe storms, several Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) have been organized in the St. Louis area by SEMA’s Emergency Social Services team, the partnership of Missouri Governor’s Faith and Community Services (the Partnership), Missouri Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (MOVOAD), St. Louis Area and Community Organizations of St. Charles Active in Disaster (COAD), local voluntary and faith-based organizations and other state/local agencies. ADRs are one-stop shops that bring together recovery resources in disaster-affected communities.

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