United Way of Central Missouri is proud of the great work of the first responders, area agencies and faith-based organizations that provided the initial boots on the ground during the days and weeks immediately following the recent natural disasters that have devastated our community. In response to the tornado and the flooding United Way has been behind the scenes, assisting with donation and volunteer management, as well as serving the role as the convener for community organizations who continue to work to rebuild our community. Through these efforts, the Long-Term Recovery Committee has been established to provide recovery services to individuals and families affected by natural disasters and/or community emergencies in Cole and Miller counties. The storm and flooding has affected many, and we will utilize all resources available to help disaster survivors and rebuild our community even stronger.
The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located in the Cole County/Jefferson City Emergency Management Office at 1736 Southridge Drive in Jefferson City has closed.
September 9 was the deadline to register for disaster assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. In the event a disaster survivor receives a denial letter and wishes to appeal, they are encouraged to proceed with instructions in the denial letter or call 1-800-621-3362 or go online www.DisasterAssistance.gov for further assistance; or contact Catholic Charities for further assistance.
Those impacted by the tornado and/or flooding can also obtain materials and items to help them in this time of need. Please note: The Community Distribution Center at Capital West Christian Event Center at 1315 Fairgrounds Road in Jefferson City has closed. Alternative Points of Distributions with available items are listed on the flyer below. Items for disaster survivors include food, clothing, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, paper products, home goods and more.
There is free legal assistance available to eligible Missourians who need help with disaster-related issues such as home repair contracts and contractors; life, medical and property insurance claims; FEMA applications and appealing FEMA decisions. Missouri residents can call 1-800-829-4128 to leave a message and begin the process of receiving free legal assistance. When leaving a message, disaster survivors should include their name, phone number and county of residence. Read the full news release regarding free legal assistance here.
Disaster survivors can also apply for Disaster Unemployment Benefits by August 9. See here for more information.
SBA - Small Business Administration Resources
Click here for U.S. Small Business Administration Fact Sheet - Disaster Loans
Click here for a News Release regarding FEMA Working with U.S. Small Business Administration to Assist Missouri Residents
Click here for U.S. Small Business Administration - The Three Step Process for Disaster Loans
Click here for U.S. Small Business Administration - Getting Disaster Help from SBA & What You Need To Know
In a recent news release, SEMA announces counseling services available for the state of Missouri. "The state of Missouri has received federal funding for a program that provides counseling for residents feeling stressed or overwhelmed beause of the April 29 - July 5 storms and flooding." The Show Me Hope program is open to individuals and families in 20 Missouri counties. Click here for more information.
Additionally, the United Way of Central Missouri and its partner agency Compass Health Network have partnered together to provide limited therapy sessions to disaster survivors--both insured and uninsured individuals.
Online donations can be made to the United Way of Central Missouri Disaster Recovery Fund online, or by texting MIDMO to 41444, or online through the American Red Cross website.
The United Way of Central Missouri Disaster Recovery Fund will help our community meet the disaster-related needs and support recovery throughout the affected Jefferson City and Eldon area. With your support we will rebuild the central Missouri community. 100% of donations given to the United Way of Central Missouri Disaster Recovery Fund will be used to serve intermediate and long-term recovery efforts. Thank you for helping us rebuild our beautiful community!
Cash/checks are being accepted at the United Way of Central Missouri located at 205 Alameda Drive in Jefferson City. Checks should be made payable to the United Way of Central Missouri or the American Red Cross Central & Northern Missouri Chapter. Please note 'Disaster Recovery' in the memo field. If your disaster recovery donation to the United Way of Central Missouri is in memory of a loved one, please also indicate for who the donation is in memorial of on the memo line.
Ann Bax, President/CPO
Amber Brondel, Marketing & Communications Manager
With more than 1,100 volunteers, United Way of Central Missouri and its 28 partner agencies touch more than 90,000 lives in our community, helping people live their best possible lives by fighting for the health, education, financial stability and basic needs of every person in our community. We provide services in seven counties in central Missouri; including Camden, Cole, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, and southern Callaway; to create community solutions that improve life for our families, friends, and neighbors. Since our inception in 1925, United Way of Central Missouri has partnered with local businesses and organizations to remain a vibrant resource in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Missouri, please visit UnitedWaycemo.org. Stay tuned by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@unitedwaycemo).