Recovery and Finance Branch
When a disaster occurs that may require response and recovery efforts beyond the capabilities of the state and local jurisdictions, the Recovery and Finance Branch coordinates and conducts damage surveys with local and federal agencies and prepares, at the Governor’s direction, a federal disaster declaration request. Following a federally-declared disaster, the branch is responsible for working with local and federal agencies to request and distribute federal and state funds for all recovery projects and eligible response expenditures. The branch also works to coordinate efforts to mitigate against disasters and administers federal mitigation grants. The branch is composed of the Public Assistance, Fiscal Administration and Mitigation sections.
Ron Broxton is the Recovery and Finance Branch Chief
Public Assistance Section
Public Assistance Section responsibilities include state damage assessments; assistance in revising State Administrative Plans for Public Assistance and oversight of the FEMA Individuals and Households Program. The State Public Assistance program administers federal grants to eligible public entities for emergency protective measures, debris removal, and the repair, restoration or rebuilding of damaged public facilities in federally-declared disaster areas. Such entities include state agencies, local governments, and certain private, non-profit organizations.
SEMA also administers FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, which
provides state-federal assistance to individuals and families for uninsured critical emergency needs when authorized in a federally-declared disaster.
The Mitigation Section works with local communities to reduce or avoid the adverse impacts of disasters through the administration of the federal hazard mitigation grant program and assists Missouri counties write mitigation plans to qualify for these grants. Community mitigation projects include voluntary flood buyouts, the replacement of community owned bridges and low water crossings, creek bank stabilization and “re-channelizing” streams to lessen the threat of future flooding. In recent years, mitigation funding has been used increasingly to protect Missourians from tornadoes and severe wind storms by constructing school and community tornado safe rooms across the state.
Emergency Management Performance Grant
The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program provides federal assistance to SEMA and local government emergency management agencies for the sustainment and enhancement of all-hazard emergency management capabilities. An all-hazard approach to emergency response, including the development of a comprehensive program of planning, training and exercises, supports an effective and consistent response to disaster and emergencies, regardless of the cause. It involves building long-term strategic relationships within the emergency management community.
Fiscal Administration Section
The Fiscal Administration Section provides administrative services such as accounting, budgeting, grant administration, procurement, fleet management, human resources, payroll, and general office services. It coordinates and administers federal, state and local grant requests.