JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in Buffalo on Tuesday, July 14 to assist those affected by the May 8 - 16 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. The center is operated jointly by the Federal and State Emergency Management Agencies (FEMA and SEMA).
Hours of operation for the center will be: Tuesday, July 14 from 1 - 7 p.m., Wednesday thru Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday will be the last day of business for the center. The DRC address is:
Buffalo City Hall
102 N Poplar
Buffalo, MO 65622
Those who plan to visit the DRC are encouraged to register for assistance beforehand. Residents can register for assistance by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov online or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-758. The registration line is open daily from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Help in languages other than English is offered. The deadline for registration is August 17.
After registering with FEMA, it is not necessary to visit a DRC. The centers are open to provide services including:
- speaking in person with a disaster recovery specialist;
- checking the status of a claim;
- getting answers to questions about the recovery status;
- reviewing information FEMA needs to process an individual's claim; and
- referrals to other available programs for further assistance.
In addition, Customer Service Representatives (CSR) from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the centers to answer questions about the SBA's low-interest disaster loan program for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations. These loans are to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the severe storms May 8 - 16.
SBA CSRs will help complete and accept disaster loan applications. Anyone who cannot visit a DRC should call the SBA Customer Service Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-659-2955 for information and assistance or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.