JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) – On Thursday, President Donald Trump approved Governor Mike Parson’s request for a federal major disaster declaration for the state of Missouri.
The approval means that FEMA’s Public Assistance Program can be utilized to reimburse eligible expenditures made by the state, local governments, and nonprofits for emergency protective measures by first responders and others responding to the coronavirus.
Parson’s request for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Crisis Counseling are still under review.
Also under review is the Governor’s request for federal hazard mitigation assistance to identify and reduce the long-term risks associated with natural disasters.
“I appreciate the President acting quickly on my disaster declaration request and the commitment of federal resources as we battle this unprecedented public health and economic threat to Missourians,” Parson said.
“As I’ve said throughout our COVID-19 response effort, we will continue to pursue every way possible to adapt and deliver additional resources to help protect the health of Missourians and promote long-term recovery,” he said.
Parson requested the federal disaster declaration on Tuesday.
On March 13, Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri and activated the State Emergency Operations Plan.