APRIL 10, 2023
Jefferson City — Today, Governor Mike Parson announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) in Bollinger County to determine if the area is eligible for low-interest disaster loans to assist homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profits following the severe storms and EF-2 tornado that occurred on April 5.
“Last week, severe storms and a deadly tornado swept through Bollinger County, devastating a community and claiming the lives of five Missourians,” Governor Parson said. “SEMA’s regional coordinators have been on the ground helping local emergency managers document extensive damage to public infrastructure, homes, and businesses. Volunteers are working hard to help their neighbors, but there’s a clear need for assistance to help families and businesses recover. The First Lady and I continue to pray for the community and for the families who lost loved ones.”
State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Director Jim Remillard requested joint PDAs be conducted by a team of representatives from the SBA, SEMA, and local emergency management officials. SEMA submitted a formal request to the SBA on Friday for a damage assistance team to begin an assessment on April 11.
The team will verify and document damage in order to determine if SBA assistance can be requested to help support recovery. Those who have experienced flood- and storm-related damage should report it to their local emergency management agency if they haven’t already. Additional joint damage assessments can be conducted if additional information is documented locally.
To assist families impacted by the storms, SEMA’s Emergency Human Services team is coordinating a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) with volunteer partners, faith-based organizations, and other state and local agencies. MARCs are one-stop shops that pull together recovery resources in communities impacted by disasters.
The MARC will take place on April 12 and 13 at the Bollinger County Health Center:
Bollinger County Health Center
107 HWY 51 North
Marble Hill, MO 63764
Wednesday, April 12, 1 – 7 p.m.
Thursday April 13, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Impacted residents are encouraged to attend the MARC to receive in-person information and support services, including insurance information, food stamp replacement, emergency financial assistance, and legal services.
The American Red Cross shelter remains open at Marble Hill First Baptist Church, 502 Broadway Street, Marble Hill, MO 63764 for those impacted by the tornado. Food and water are available as well as cots for those in need of shelter.
Individuals with unmet needs should contact United Way 211. Call 2-1-1 for assistance or visit http://211helps.org. For additional resources and information about disaster recovery in Missouri, including general clean-up information, housing assistance, and mental health services, please visit recovery.mo.gov.