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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 7, 2002, 1:45 p.m.

Federal disaster funds available

Federal disaster funds were made available today for Missouri to supplement state and local response efforts and help families and businesses recover from the crippling winter ice storm that hit the state beginning Jan. 29. The assistance is authorized under a major disaster declaration issued for the state by President George W. Bush and covers damage to both public and private property.

Individuals and businesses with damages or losses can begin the disaster application process by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or (800) 462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing- and speech-impaired. The toll-free numbers are available now and will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday until further notice.

Low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be made available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. Additional assistance from FEMA may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs and other serious disaster related expenses.

Kansas City, Mo., residents no longer need to call the City Action Center or log a report on the City’s Web site to report their uninsured losses. However, those needing special assistance with debris removal should continue to call the Action Center at (816) 513-1313 for a referral to local volunteer agencies.

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