Lake Area residents who find themselves in need of legal advice as a result of the recent storms and floods can get free help FEMA and its partners. FEMA’s Disaster Legal Services program provides free legal assistance to low income Missouri residents who, prior to or because of the disaster, are unable to secure legal services adequate to meet their disaster related needs. DLS is provided only to survivors of presidentially declared major disasters and is limited to cases that will not produce a fee. A toll free hotline has been set up. That number is 1-800-829-4128.