State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Website

Missouri State Emergency Management Agency holding briefings in Bethany and Chillicothe

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency is holding applicant briefings about the Public Assistance process for eligible applicants in counties declared for federal disaster assistance for flooding and severe storms April 29th through July 5th. Counties approved for federal assistance for local governments and nonprofits include the Green Hills counties as well as Adair, Carroll, […]

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA approves Missouri’s request for disaster assistance to local governments and nonprofits

(Missourinet) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Missouri’s request for federal assistance to local governments and nonprofits in 68 counties to help recover from severe flooding and storms this year. The approval of Missouri’s July 16 request means the federal agency will assist with the cost of repairs to damaged roads, bridges and […]

Missouri flag with money

J. Eggleston to chair committee on oversight of local taxation

Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, announced the creation of the Interim Committee on Oversight of Local Taxation. Haahr formed this interim committee to evaluate how local governments are determining taxes and are impacted by current tax policy. “Missourians across the state have raised serious concerns on how counties access property tax values and the fairness of […]

Disaster Declaration

Missouri requests second federal disaster declaration this year in response to flooding and tornadoes

Acting on behalf of Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe requested that President Donald Trump issue a major disaster declaration to assist residents and businesses in 41 Missouri counties that have been hard hit by flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms beginning on April 29 and continuing throughout the spring. “Historic long-term flooding continues to devastate families, businesses, […]

Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson

Missouri requests joint Federal, State, and local damage assessments in preparation for 2nd Federal Disaster Declaration

Governor Mike Parson has announced Missouri has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments across a total of 56 counties – almost half the 114 counties in the state – in response to tornadoes, severe storms, and worsening flooding. The joint teams will survey the damage that began with […]

Flood of 2019

Farmers can go online for flood-related resources

Farmers dealing with flooding in Missouri can find reliable, up-to-date information on many flood-related topics from the University of Missouri Extension at extension.missouri.edu. “Our specialists in MU Extension have assembled information on flooded fields, crops, forages, livestock, and property, as well as information on how to navigate an array of government agencies and entities prepared […]

Missouri National Guard

Governor Parson activates Missouri National Guard to assist in fighting flooded areas

Governor Mike Parson has activated the Missouri National Guard as the state continues to respond to damaging flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms and remains under the threat of additional flooding and severe storms this week. “I have directed Major General Steve Danner to begin moving our Missouri Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to locations where they will […]

Disaster Declaration

President Trump approves Governor Parson’s request for major disaster declaration for Missouri

Governor Mike Parson has announced that President Donald Trump has approved his request for a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofit agencies in 13 Missouri counties recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred from March 11 to April 16. The declaration makes federal assistance available for the repair of damaged […]

Audio: Missouri Senate moves to give initial approval to controversial cattle operation bill

After working overnight for about 12 hours, the state Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would restrict Missouri counties from enforcing regulations tougher than the state for large cattle operations. Creve Coeur Democrat Jill Schupp and Lee’s Summit Republican Mike Cierpiot say the measure would bar counties from limiting where CAFOs can […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson Requests Federal Disaster Declaration in Response to Flooding

Governor Mike Parson on Wednesday requested that President Donald Trump approve a major disaster declaration for Missouri to provide federal assistance to a total of 13 counties in response to devastating flooding that began March 11. The Governor said he expects the request to be expanded to include additional counties once floodwaters recede and full damage assessments can be […]

MoDOT Road Work

Audio: Counties continue to warn Missouri lawmakers against transferring road maintenance to local governments

Local county officials continue to push back against any effort on the state level to transfer maintenance of roads to them. Opposition to any transfer of the “lettered roads” to local governments is reflected in unbending comments by Randolph County Commissioner Wayne Wilcox in northeast Missouri.     Wilcox says handing over those roadways to […]