If we take a step back and forget about what's been going in the last weeks and months across the nation and the world, we can reflect back to 2019 and how Missouri was impacted from natural disasters.

According to a news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Missourians have received almost $128 million dollars in federal assistance to assist with the recovery efforts from the flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, severe storms, and tornadoes. Due to the two different activities last year, two federal disasters were declared for the Show-Me state.

According to the report 16 Missouri counties were included in the first disaster declaration. Federal assistance funds from the FEMA program totaled over $15.1 million.

The report goes on to say with the second disaster, eighty-two Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis, received more than $18.7 million under FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) news release:

The purpose of the PA program is to support communities’ recovery from major disasters by providing them with grant assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and restoring public infrastructure.

Through the Individual Assistance program, almost 1,500 households were approved in 26 Missouri counties, receiving $7.4 million to assist with uninsured, disaster-caused damages.

Most homeowner and renter insurance policies do not cover flood damage, so through National Flood Insurance Policies (NFIP), homeowners and business owners can purchase policies for structures and contents, and renters can purchase a policy to cover their personal property.

Through the Individual Assistance program, almost 1,500 households were approved in 26 Missouri counties, receiving $7.4 million to assist with uninsured, disaster-caused damages.