JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are opening at 1 p.m. on May 29 in Barry and Newton counties in southwestern Missouri to provide face-to-face assistance to those who suffered damage from tornadoes, severe storms or flooding.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Management Agency announced the following locations:
Purdy Community Center
403 State Highway C
Purdy, MO 65734
Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Calvary Baptist Church
2650 Oak Ridge Extension
Neosho, MO 64850
Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
The hours on opening day will be from 1 to 7 p.m. at both locations.
A third DRC, in Jasper County, is also open at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 1930 Virginia Ave., Joplin, MO 64804. The Joplin DRC is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Applicants should register with FEMA prior to visiting the DRC. Call FEMA?s toll-free helpline/-registration at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 1-800-462-7585) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, or go online at www.fema.gov, 24 hours a day. Callers must provide their correct name and Social Security number, address of the damaged property and insurance information.
Visitors to the DRCs will find information on FEMA and state disaster assistance programs; U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest rate disaster loans and how to complete the loan application; smart building techniques to reduce damage from future floods; and flood insurance.
FEMA coordinates the federal government?s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.