Tupelo, MS -- A mobile recovery center will begin touring some of Mississippi's tornado disaster counties Thursday to bring state and federal assistance information directly into neighborhoods raked by winter storms on Feb. 16 and 24.
The mobile center, a satellite--equipped Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) bus, will be the sixth recovery center established in the field to advise residents on obtaining the aid they are eligible to receive.
Staffed by disaster assistance specialists from FEMA, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and state agencies, the mobile unit will enable those who have registered for assistance to check the status of their applications. The registration number is 1--800--462--9029 (for the speech and hearing impaired, 1--800--462--7585).
All of the centers will offer information on constructing storm--safe rooms and rebuilding damaged structures to make them more disaster resistant.
Recovery centers do not register applicants. They serve people in the declared disaster area who have sustained losses and have registered. Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration and other programs also are available.
The first stop for the mobile unit will be the Charles M. George Educational Facility on Highway 49 East in the town of Sumner. The center will open Thursday (March 8). Other stops on the schedule will be announced. All DRCs are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice. The fixed locations are:
|Starkville||Golden Triangle Development Bldg.
106 Miley Rd
2031 Highway 45 N
122 Highway 15N
|Durant||Multicultural Community Center
261 Martin Luther King Drive
|Greenwood||Old Fire Station No. 3
106 E. Claiborne St.