FEMA Turns Thumbs Down to Mo. Tornado Assistance

Kelly Hatmaker

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) –  Governor Jay Nixon says he’s asking the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to make low-interest disaster loans available to Missourians impacted by tornadoes and severe weather that occurred on New Year’s Eve.

This after he learned Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had denied Missouri’s Jan. 14th request for a major disaster declaration.

Gov. Nixon says that denial won’t impact the state’s request for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA.

The storms and tornadoes damaged homes and businesses in nine Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis.

Gov. Nixon issued a state of emergency on Dec. 31st, activating the State Emergency Operations Center to aid local communities with resource requests.

“Many Missourians are still feeling the financial impact of the New Year’s Eve storms and tornadoes, and we want to ensure they have the resources to rebuild,” Gov. Nixon said. “We’re asking the SBA to make these loans available to help residents and businesses keep moving forward.”

http://governor.mo.gov/newsroom/2011/Gov_Nixon_asks_that_federal_low_interest_disaster_loans_be_made_available_following_Dec_30_31_storms

 

 

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