Gov. Jay Nixon today wrote to Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 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.
On Aug. 26, FEMA circulated an Intergovernmental Advisory which indicated that the agency would be delaying funds for long-term response, recovery and rebuilding projects. In this advisory, FEMA indicated that funding restrictions are necessary to ensure that resources are available to provide emergency assistance for ongoing disasters, such as Hurricane Irene.
This advisory has caused confusion and concern about which recovery projects in Missouri will continue, and which projects might be delayed or affected.
"At the state level, we have exercised strong fiscal discipline and undertaken proactive steps to meet the state's obligations to help local communities respond, recover and rebuild. But Missouri communities are counting on significant support from the federal government as well to fund their disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts," Gov. Nixon said. "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. We must work together - openly, transparently and accountably - at the local, state and federal levels to fund these rebuilding and recovery efforts."
In his letter, Gov. Nixon requested that FEMA identify:
- the specific disaster response, recovery and rebuilding projects in Missouri that will be immediately affected by FEMA's funding restrictions;
- which Missouri response, recovery and rebuilding projects will be delayed; and
- which Missouri response, recovery and rebuilding projects will be unaffected by these funding changes.
A copy of Gov. Nixon's letter to Administrator Fugate is available here.