Parson asks for federal help with COVID-19 pandemic

2 months 1 week 3 days ago Wednesday, March 25 2020 Mar 25, 2020 Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:15:02 PM CDT March 25, 2020 in News
By: Claire Colby, Columbia Missourian

JEFFERSON CITY— Gov. Mike Parson now says the COVID-19 pandemic has reached a level of severity that state and local governments are not able to effectively respond.

Parson announced Wednesday he has filed a request with President Donald Trump asking for approval of a major disaster declaration for Missouri, according to a news release from the governor’s press office. The request was filed late Tuesday.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has already had a devastating effect on the state of Missouri, straining hospitals, healthcare facilities and nursing homes, businesses large and small, schools, and tens of thousands of Missourians who have been forced out of their jobs," Parson said in the statement.

If approved, Missouri would join Iowa, California, Washington, Louisiana and New York as states with a federally recognized major disaster status.

In the request, Parson asked for two programs statewide: Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Crisis Counseling under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) individual assistance program.

Parson also requested FEMA’s Public Assistance Program to assist local governments and nonprofits with emergency response expenses. He also asked for FEMA help with debris removal expenses if needed for the disposal of waste related to COVID-19, according to the statement.

"Although it is continuing to develop, it’s already clear the COVID-19 pandemic will have a more sweeping impact on the entire state of Missouri than any other previous disaster that has affected our citizens," Parson said in the statement. "There is an urgent need for federal assistance to help Missouri families meet today’s challenges and the many more that we will face."

Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri on March 13. Several cities across the state, including St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City have already adopted "stay at home" orders. 

More News

Grid
List
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 5:08:00 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protestors continued to gather downtown Columbia after the sun went down Monday night. The group of about... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 10:31:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Several hundred protestors gathered at the Missouri State Capitol Monday to honor the death of George Floyd.... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 10:15:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department made arrests in two separate weapons offenses on Monday, according to press... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:56:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's governor is cutting another $209 million from this year's budget in response to declining... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:34:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with Columbia Public Schools superintendent Peter Stiepleman on Monday about the bond measure voters will... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:22:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Many camps are choosing to go virtual this year so that parents can still give their children an... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:13:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - UM System President and MU Interim Chancellor Mun Choi on Monday " condemned recent acts of racism around... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:05:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - At 1:50 a.m. on May 31, Columbia Police officers responded to a shots fired call on the 400... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 4:14:01 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - When voters head to the polls for municipal elections Tuesday, things will look a little different. With... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 3:16:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA— COVID-19 drive-thru testing is taking place at Hickman High School today and tomorrow between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 2:36:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Hours before the start of scheduled protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the Missouri... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 2:30:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
HELENA, Mont. ( Independent Record ) -- Helena teen Bella Nyman joined a rather exclusive group when a box of... More >>
3 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:46:34 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. ... More >>
3 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:03:00 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Dollar General off of Clark Lane was surrounded by smoke early Monday morning. The Columbia Fire... More >>
3 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 1:23:00 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protesters blocked off the intersection of Broadway and Providence late Sunday night in protest of George Floyd's death.... More >>
3 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 1:09:00 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protesters in mid-Missouri gathered in Columbia and Boonville Sunday to protest police brutality following the death of George... More >>
3 days ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:01:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One resident of The Bluffs tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday after a facility wide testing, according to a... More >>
3 days ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:45:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
1pm 80°
2pm 80°
3pm 82°
4pm 83°