JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers in Polk and Jasper Counties will transition to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) on Monday, July 20.
Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available at the DLOCs to meet with residents and business owners to answer questions about the SBA disaster loan program, help complete disaster loan applications and accept completed applications.
The DLOCs will be located in Jasper and Polk Counties at the following locations:
United Methodist Church
501 W. Fourth St.
Joplin, MO 64801
Polk County Emergency Management Office/EOC
1913 W. Broadway, Suite G
Bolivar, MO 65613
Regular hours for the centers will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Recovery officials encourage Missourians to take the step of filling out a disaster loan application from SBA even if they do not want a loan. Being approved of a loan does not obligate the applicant to accept it; it merely provides an additional source of recovery funds if needed.
Completing the loan application and returning it is a crucial step toward accessing complete disaster recovery assistance. Renters and homeowners denied an SBA disaster loan will be referred to FEMA to be considered for several types of grants that are available only for applicants who are ineligible for SBA disaster loans.
In addition to visiting DLOCs, applicants may obtain help with SBA questions by calling the SBA Customer Service Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 800-659-2955. Applicants may also visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with disaster-related damage can apply for low-interest loans at the SBA's secure website, disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.