Columbia, MO – FEMA will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Thursday, May 19, 2011 in Butler County. The center, located at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, will provide access and information for those affected by recent severe storms, floods and tornadoes. On May 9, 2011, the President issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Missouri to help individuals and communities recover from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding beginning on April 19, 2011, and continuing.
The DRC location and hours of operation until further notice are:
FEMA Disaster Recovery Center
Three Rivers Community College
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Rooms 202 and 203
Hours of Operation
On Thursday the DRC will remain open from 1pm to 6pm. After the Thursday opening the DRC will be open from 9am to 6pm Monday through Saturday until further notice.
Before visiting a DRC, people are encouraged to register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by using their Smartphone to register at m.fema.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Help is available in most languages.
Missouri disaster recovery information is also available by following us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion7.
Representatives from FEMA individual assistance and mitigation programs will be available, along with the U.S. Small Business Administration to explain assistance programs and help those affected to apply for disaster aid. Recovery specialists can also help with referral information to other assistance programs. Before visiting the DRC, people are encouraged to register with FEMA.
SBA low interest disaster assistance loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Businesses of any size and private non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.
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.