Scott Smith, Public Information Officer
Zim Schwartze, Interim OEM Director
Columbia, MO (June 19, 2009)—The Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is in the process of preparing preliminary damage assessments for both Public Assistance and Individual Assistance, for damages related to this week’s heavy rain, flooding and severe thunderstorms. Those assessments will be sent to the State Emergency Management Disaster Agency (SEMA), which will determine what, if any, damage recovery assistance will come from the state.
"While early indications show this week's stormy weather has not caused a great deal of damage, we would still like to inform SEMA of what we have experienced," says Interim OEM Director Zim Schwartze. "Persons who may have experienced a certain amount of non-insured property or business losses are encouraged to contact our office, so they may be included in our county-wide damage assessments. It's very important that we receive as much information as possible from the public on the extent of damages to their homes, businesses, and property."
To report business or private property losses from the week beginning June 14th, contact the Office of Emergency Management at (573) 874-7400.