Gov. Jay Nixon today requested a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that would clear the way for financial assistance to Missouri residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that hit the state on Feb. 28-29. SBA disaster loans are issued to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed.
"The tornadoes and storms at the end of February caused heavy damage to homes and businesses across several Missouri counties, and that financial impact will be felt for some time," Gov. Nixon said. "Even as we continue to work at the state level to ensure that communities have the critical resources, assets and personnel to rebuild and recover, I'm seeking this disaster declaration from the SBA to make this financial assistance available to help our citizens and businesses keep moving forward."
Gov. Nixon issued a state of emergency on Feb. 29, activating the State Emergency Operations Center to aid local communities with resource requests. He visited several communities in southwest and southeast Missouri on Feb. 29 and March 1, meeting with local residents and state and local emergency response teams.