Disaster Recovery Resources for Missouri Families
Below is a list of Missouri post-disaster resources. This list is the Missouri-specific Unit 9 of Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit, created by University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension Service. Information specific to Missouri was added by MU Extension.
If you need Internet access, contact your local University of Missouri Extension center.
- University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Extension program focuses on economic development, crop and livestock production and marketing, and increased income from forages, while balancing the consequences for Missouri's natural resources and environment.
MU Extension publications
MU Extension publication
- USDA Rural Development and Housing
Home rehabilitation grants in Missouri.
- Missouri Housing Development Commission
Home rehabilitation grants and assistance finding rental properties.
- Renters of unlivable property
Missouri law requires your property owner to release you from your lease if your rental unit is unlivable. Notify the property owner in writing, and ask for the return of your deposit. If you are struggling to pay rent, contact the National Foundation for Credit Counseling to find a legitimate credit counselor.
Benefits and other assistance
- Missouri Family Support Division
Branch of the Missouri Department of Social Services, with offices in all counties to administer services and benefits.
- Free or reduced-fee school breakfasts and lunches
Apply any time to your local school district.
- Missouri Department of Social Services
Helps people meet basic needs: health care, economic assistance, and services for children; also serves people with disabilities and older adults.
Call director at 573-751-4815
- MO HealthNet Division
Information about medical assistance.
573-751-3425 or contact your local Department of Social Services office
- Community Action Agency
Information about utility assistance programs.
- Missouri Governor's Council on Disabilities
Referral assistance center for emergency ADA services for people with disabilities.
- Missouri Department of Mental Health Crisis Counseling
Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Consumer education and protection
- Missouri Attorney General
Resources on consumer protection, housing, health care, senior legal rights, cars, personal finance, identity theft and fraud.
Consumer Protection Hotline: 800-392-8222
- Missouri Department of Insurance
Severe weather resources.
Insurance Consumer Hotline: 800-726-7390
- The Missouri Bar
Free legal advice available for Missouri storm victims; publications for consumers about their legal rights:
- When Creditors Are Predators
Information to help consumers avoid predatory lending.
Military service member resources
Resources for seniors
- Legal Services of Missouri
Information about organizations that provide legal services and legal aid.
- The Missouri Bar
Free legal advice for Missouri storm victims.
- Humane Society of Missouri
Loose and domesticated animal rescue and investigations.
Missouri Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Environmental emergency response.
24-hour hotline for hazardous material spills or releases: 573-634-2436
Outreach and Assistance Center for advice on environmental concerns and water issues: 800-361-4827
- Missouri Department of Conservation
Disaster losses not covered by insurance or other benefits are usually tax-deductible. For more information, contact the following agencies.