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EMW1001, Disaster Recovery Resources for Missouri Families

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Disaster Recovery Resources for Missouri Families

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit is a comprehensive strategy and collection of tools that can help you toward financial recovery after a natural disaster. The toolkit, developed by University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota Extension, is designed so that you, or people you work with, can use the individual units or the entire toolkit as the situation demands.

A non-state-specific version of the toolkit is available for professionals or volunteers to use at the University of Minnesota Extension website. If you want to personalize Unit 9 of this toolkit, you can use MU Extension publications:

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.

Farm resources

  • 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

Home resources

MU Extension publication

Housing resources

  • 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.
    Voice/TTY: 800-877-8249
  • 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

Additional resources

Legal services

  • 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.

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