Joplin, MO to seek FEMA extension for displaced families

Joplin city administrators will ask that temporary housing provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to tornado survivors be extended for seven months. The City Council voted 8-1 in its informal meeting Monday night to approve a request for an extension. The city’s request will go to the State Emergency Management Agency, which will forward it to FEMA. Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday said he would support the application. City Planner Troy Bolander told the council that 586 families had used FEMA housing at the peak of displacement after the 2011 tornado, and that so far 420 have been able to find homes or apartments. He said 166 remain.

The Joplin Globe

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