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April 5, 2020

From the Governmental Affairs Committee: SEMA

SEMA adapts Applicant Briefing to online presentation in support of local governments, nonprofits statewide involved in COVID-19 response

Normal in-person presentation about FEMA program rules and application process shift to online video format for local governments and eligible agencies included in federal Public Assistance disaster declaration

Editor’s Note:
The Applicant Briefings are not for the general public and there will not be any information related to the FEMA Individual Assistance program, which provides assistance to individuals and families.

JEFFERSON CITY – Following the federal disaster declaration for COVID-19 on March 26, the State Emergency Management Agency has made an online applicant briefing available for local government and nonprofit agencies statewide that are eligible for federal assistance for emergency protective measures taken as part of the COVID-19 response. This online presentation was developed to align with SEMA’s social distancing measures.

SEMA strongly encourages all eligible agencies in Missouri’s 114 counties and the City of St. Louis that plan to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to review the video on SEMA’s website, in order to better understand program changes, eligibility information, the federal reimbursement process, documentation requirements and other essential program information. All Requests for Public Assistance must be submitted to FEMA within 30 days of the March 26 disaster declaration date, or April 25. Applicants should note that the Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) must first be received by SEMA, processed, and then submitted to FEMA by the April 25 deadline, and to plan accordingly.

Governmental agencies, public health agencies, public hospitals, urgent care facilities, etc., and private non-profits that incurred COVID-19 related expenses should review the Applicant Briefing video, including those that are unsure of their eligibility status to ensure proper steps are being taken now to receive reimbursements.

SEMA encourages public officials and community leaders in all 114 Missouri counties to share information about the Applicant Briefing video with all potential applicants to ensure they have an opportunity to watch the video online and submit a request for FEMA Public Assistance.

View the Applicant Briefing video and other necessary information about the FEMA Public Assistance program at: http://sema.dps.mo.gov/programs/state_public_assistance.php.

For questions about the Applicant Briefings or the Public Assistance program, please call (573) 526-9234.

April 4, 2020

DED Stay-At-Home Order: Business Guidance

The following guidelines may assist businesses and individuals with understanding and complying with the Stay-at-Home Order issued by the Department of Health and Senior Services and effective on April 6, 2020.

  1. The order requires individuals to practice social distancing when outside their homes to work; to access food, prescriptions, health care, and other necessities; or to engage in outdoor activity.
  2. The order does not require all businesses statewide to close or cease operating.
  3. This order sets a baseline to be followed throughout the state concerning public health. This order does not affect the authority of local authorities within the state to issue or enforce more restrictive public health requirements for businesses or individuals.
  4. The order refers businesses to guidance by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to assist in determining whether the work their employees do is considered “essential” during the COVID-19 response period.
    • Workplaces that qualify as essential under the guidance may remain open.
      • When feasible, workers should work from home.
      • Workers onsite should take all necessary precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including practicing social distancing except when performance of job duties requires otherwise.
    • Workplaces that qualify as essential and are engaged in retail sales to the public must limit the number of people in each retail location to the following standards based on the workplace’s fire or building code occupancy:
      • For smaller locations (less than 10,000 square feet), they must maintain 25 percent or less of the authorized occupancy;
      • For larger locations (10,000 square feet or greater), they must maintain 10 percent or less of the authorized occupancy.
    • Workplaces that do not qualify as essential but can operate with fewer than 10 people and while maintaining social distancing may remain open. Workers onsite should take all necessary precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
    • For workplaces that do not qualify as essential under the order or the federal guidance but believe that, in the interest of public health and safety, they should receive a waiver from the prohibition against social gatherings of 10 or more people, they may apply to the Department of Economic Development Director, through the Department’s website at https://ded.mo.gov/businesswaiver, for a waiver of that limitation.
    • Daycares, child care providers, or schools providing child care for working families should follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance targeted for those operations.
  5. Individuals should continue:
    • to avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people;
    • to practice social distancing;
    • to refrain from visiting nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, and assisted living homes; and
    • to recognize that state office buildings are closed to the public.

April 2, 2020

The State DED and Regional Chamber need real-time information about the impact from the businesses, please take time to let them know how you are doing, it matters:  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07egz8xkc4k7xjg53t/_tmp/greeting

Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide & Checklist

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.

Business/Economic Relief Information and Funding Assistance:

Other resources you might want to be aware of:

Other items of interest:

Food Delivery Services:

CDC’s Official Website for COVID-19 Updates:

Tips for Working at Home:

Ideas and Free Educational Materials for Kids at Home:

Scholastic’s Free Learn at Home Program    

Khan Academy Free Learning

Crash Course YouTube Channel