FEMA Delays Joplin Funding for Irene

5 years 4 months 3 weeks ago August 29, 2011 Aug 29, 2011 Monday, August 29 2011 Monday, August 29, 2011 10:24:00 AM CDT in News
By: Danielle McCarthy
Embed Code Copied

JOPLIN - As officials at the White House worked Monday to calculate the amount of money needed for disaster relief following Hurricane Irene, FEMA officials said they will redirect some agency funds to that effort and effectively delay long-term Joplin recovery funding.

The amount of money in FEMA's disaster relief fund has fallen below $1 billion. This caused the agency to implement its Immediate Needs Funding plan on August 27, which prioritizes the needs of disaster survivors, to extend what's remaining in the Disaster Relief Fund, FEMA External Affairs Specialist Josh deBerge said. INF will temporarily impact longer-term recovery projects, such as rebuilding schools, roads, bridges and libraries, until more funding becomes available. 

DeBerge emphasized that funding was only being delayed, not suspended. He also stressed disaster survivors of the May 22 tornado that left more than 150 people dead will continue to receive individual disaster assistance payments from FEMA. 

Missouri SEMA Public Information Officer Michael O'Connell said there's no way to know right now how much funding FEMA is redirecting towards the East Coast that would have been used in Joplin. An exact figure will only be determined once all of the long-term recovery projects in Joplin are completed and billed to the government, O'Connell said.

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri,  reacted to the Missouri disaster relief funding cuts in a written statement her office released Monday. 

"I warned FEMA and assured victims in Joplin that they would not be forgotten after the camera trucks lowered their antennas and rolled out of town. I will fight to make sure that promise is kept," it said. "FEMA should be prepared for all types of disasters and have the resources to respond rapidly and stay until the work is done, and until the community is made whole again."

Later Monday afternoon Senator Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, also released a written statement in the wake of Hurricane Irene recovery efforts. 

"Recovery from hurricane damage on the East Coast must not come at the expense of Missouri's rebuilding efforts," Blunt's written statement said. "If FEMA can't fulfill its promise to our state because we have other disasters, that's unacceptable, and we need to take a serious look at how our disaster response policies are funded and implemented." 

Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Missouri, had his office release a written statement on the federal disaster funding which said, "From day one, Gov. Nixon has ensured that Missouri has the resources to fulfill the state's obligations to help Joplin and other communities recover from tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters, and we know we will face significant expenses as we begin the process of repairing and rebuilding the levees and other critical infrastructure across the state. Moving forward, the state will continue to meet its obligations to help communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible, and we have every reason to believe that our federal partners will continue to do the same."

With hurricane season getting underway, the relatively low level of funds remaining for federal disaster assistance is a concern for FEMA, Administrator Craig Fugate said in a media conference call Monday morning on Hurricane Irene response and recovery. However, Fugate said existing funds are enough to assist all the people who currently require disaster relief.

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Thousands of protesters, mostly women, gathered in Missouri's two biggest cities and Kansas' capital city in... More >>
10 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:44:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A central Missouri technical college plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the school's... More >>
10 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:37:52 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is making a school choice measure called education savings accounts a priority... More >>
10 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:32:26 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — The Mid-Missouri Solidarity March was organized by area organization to support the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on... More >>
12 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Counselors helped Columbia residents sign up for health care insurance Saturday, amid rising concern over the repeal of... More >>
13 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 5:02:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Stephens College hosted its first "Fallopian Fest" Saturday. Stephens College student and one of the directors of... More >>
14 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:54:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — "The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution" author, Dr. Lynn Rossy, spoke at the Boone County Historical Museum Saturday. The... More >>
18 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:51:00 AM CST in News
BOONVILLE — Several Missouri National Guard Specialists are preparing to leave for their final segment of training before departing for... More >>
18 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:39:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man in connection with a shooting death last summer in Kansas City,... More >>
19 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:19:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police and court records said a man accused of fatally shooting a St. Louis apartment complex's... More >>
19 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:16:04 AM CST in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwestern Missouri woman faces up to 23 years in federal prison after admitting in court that... More >>
19 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:10:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man has been ordered to spend two decades in prison after admitting in court that... More >>
19 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:31:15 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis 18-year-old has been jailed on $250,000 bond after being accused of wounding her... More >>
20 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:13:19 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Missouri is the only state without a prescription drug-monitoring program in place, but officials in Columbia are hoping... More >>
1 day ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 6:34:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — At their Jan. 10 Court en Banc meeting, the judges of the 13th Judicial Circuit elected their new... More >>
1 day ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 5:39:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — A Columbia man has pled guilty Friday to three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count... More >>
1 day ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 4:43:00 PM CST in Top Stories
FRANKLIN COUNTY (AP) — Franklin County Sheriff's Office charged a man Friday after Authorities say he killed his ex-girlfriend in... More >>
1 day ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 3:55:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA — All across the country televisions were set to the presidential inauguration to see Donald Trump take office. Craig... More >>
1 day ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 3:20:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 46°
7am 45°
8am 44°
9am 44°
10am 45°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:00a
Hometime
6:30a
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
7:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
6:00a
Paid Program
6:30a
Paid Program
7:00a
Tomorrow's World

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Dateline NBC
7:30p
Ted
6:00p
Beverly Hills Ninja
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld