Gov. Nixon Asks Govt. About Disaster Fund Changes
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Nixon wrote to FEMA administrators today to request clarification about federal funds for disaster response, recovery and rebuilding that may be delayed or affected as a result of natural disasters in other parts of the country.
FEMA circulated an Intergovernmental Advisory on Aug. 26th indicating the agency would be delaying funds for long-term response, recovery and rebuilding projects. The agency indicated that funding restrictons are necessary to ensure that resources are available to provide emergency assistance for ongoing disasters, such as Hurricane Irene.
This advisory has said to have caused confusion and concern about which recovery projects in Missouri will continue, and which projects might be delayed or affected.
"Here in Missouri, we will continue to pursue proactive solutions to disaster management, but we also need certainty and clarity about the federal resources that will be available," Nixon said. Nixon also says the local, state, and federal levels of government must work together to fund these rebuilding and recovery efforts.
In his letter, Gov. Nixon requested that FEMA identify the specific disaster response, recovery and rebuilding projects that will be immediately affected as well as which projects will be unaffected by these funding changes.