FEMA AT THAYER: Alan Prenger with the State Emergency Management Agency and Gene Morgan with the Federal Emergency Management Agency were in Thayer Aug. 23 to educate city officials and others how to fill out paperwork to receive state and local funds related to the cleanup after a storm tore through the county July 21. Photo/Sisk Lawrence
THAYER -- Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) were in Thayer last week to meet with local officials and explain the public assistance program related to the severe storms that occurred in the city July 21.
Thayer Emergency Preparedness Director Mark Arnold was pleased with the outcome of the meeting. "Alan Prenger from SEMA was here and Gene Morgan from FEMA was also at the meeting. They were here to explain how to prepare the necessary paperwork to receive reimbursements due to the president's disaster declaration," Arnold said.
President Bush made the declaration after storms with strong winds blew through Missouri, including Oregon County, July 19 and 21.
Arnold said Thayer would be eligible to recoup expenses in two areas -- debris removal and emergency repairs. "Tree and tree limb removal and just overall street cleanup falls into the debris removal category," Arnold said.
"Repairs to the electrical system due to trees and limbs falling on our power lines and broken electrical poles will fall under emergency repairs," he said.
Arnold said city employees are close to completing the cleanup.
"So far, city employees have hauled out 300 dump truck loads of debris. Since the storm they have spent almost every workday picking up and hauling off trees and tree limbs," he said.
Arnold said following the storm there were only a handful of streets in the city that did not have some type of debris.
Arnold has served as emergency preparedness director in the city since November 1989.