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Trump Administration Invests $11,625 for Emergency Preparedness in Rural Southwest Missouri

Lindsay Cheek
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Investment to Purchase & Install Emergency Warning Siren in McCord Bend

COLUMBIA, MO, Oct. 1, 2020 – The Trump Administration, along with Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, today announced that the USDA is investing $11,625 to the Village of McCord Bend to purchase and install an emergency warning siren.

“Missouri residents are no stranger to severe weather.  While a storm siren is a purchase you hope never needs to be used, it is one of the most important investments a community can make,” said Trump Administration Official State Director Case.  “USDA Rural Development partners with small towns, like the Village of McCord Bend, to ensure rural residents are promptly alerted of tornadoes and other severe storms giving them the time needed to take appropriate safety precautions.  Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Missouri in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Prior to this purchase, the Village of McCord Bend was without a storm warning system and unable to notify its residents of impending severe weather.  By using an $11,625 Community Facilities Grant to purchase this needed equipment, McCord Bend’s residents will now be able to better prepare for weather-related events.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding.  Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Native American tribes.  Projects must be in eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.  Grant applications will be accepted on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. 

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

Contact USDA Rural Development

Information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting www.rd.usda.gov/mo, by calling (573) 876-0976, or by emailing RDMissouri@usda.gov.

USDA Rural Development has 25 offices across the state to serve the 2.2 million residents living in rural Missouri.  Office locations include a state office in Columbia, along with local offices in Butler, Charleston, Chillicothe, Clinton, Dexter, Eldon, Farmington, Higginsville, Houston, Kennett, Kirksville, Maryville, Mexico, Moberly, Neosho, New London, Poplar Bluff, Richmond, Rolla, Sedalia, Springfield, St. Joseph, Troy, and West Plains.

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