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Joplin Awarded Resources to Help with Tornado Recovery

February 27, 2012

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will provide Joplin with $3,587,943 in federal grant funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to aid in the cost of temporary locations for the Joplin School District and Mercy Health as they rebuild the permanent locations destroyed by the devastating tornado last year.

According to FEMA, $2,387,943 in Public Assistance Grant funding will be used to cover seventy-five percent of costs to remodel the temporary location of Joplin School Districts' Franklin Technology Center. Additionally, $1.2 million in resources will provide seventy-five percent of the costs associated with securing an eight month lease for two mobile operating rooms at Mercy Health.

FEMA Public Assistance grants provide assistance to governments and certain non-profit organizations to ensure that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

McCaskill is a forceful advocate for federal grants and loans as an alternative to earmarks, which McCaskill opposes. McCaskill has pointed to competitive merit and need based federal grants and low-interest government loans as resources brought to Missouri in an honest and fiscally responsible manner.

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