JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) currently open in Fredericktown will transition to a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, Aug. 3.
Hours for the DRC are Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday Aug. 1 will be the last day of operation as a DRC.
DRC services include checking the status of a claim, getting answers to questions about the recovery status and reviewing information FEMA needs to process an individual's claim. Recovery specialists also can supply contacts for other programs that may be available for further assistance.
Beginning Monday, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to meet with residents and business owners to answer questions about the SBA disaster loan program, help complete disaster loan applications, accept completed applications and complete loan closings.
The DLOC will be located in Fredericktown at the following location:
Fredericktown Elementary Center
Fredericktown, MO 63645
Regular hours for the center will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. until further notice.
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 for 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 the DLOC, 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/.
As a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding May 8 - 16, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Missouri. The declaration makes federal disaster assistance available to Missourians. Registrations can be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 800-462-7585. The deadline for FEMA assistance is Aug. 18.
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.