Columbia, Mo. –Federal authorities said today that FEMA will open a mobile Federal/State Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Jasper County at 9 a.m. tomorrow, May 25, 2011.
The specially equipped motor home will be located at the First United Methodist Church, 501 W. 4th St., Joplin, Missouri to assist Jasper County citizens who were impacted by the devastating tornado that struck the area on May 22.
Operating hours will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday until further notice. The unit will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.
Personnel from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand at the specially equipped motor home to assist individuals, households and businesses register for assistance and complete SBA disaster assistance loans. They can also refer people to other sources for disaster recovery assistance
“Sending a mobile DRC to Jasper County will help Missourians who have questions about their application or the application process”, said Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner.
Missouri residents affected by the disasters that struck the state beginning April 19 may visit any DRC in Missouri. DRCs are currently operating at the following locations:
Butler County DRC
Three Rivers Community College
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Rooms A202 and A203
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Mississippi County DRC
Charleston High School
604 S. Thorn St.
Charleston, MO 63834
New Madrid County DRC
Morehouse Fire Department
105 E. Beech St.
Morehouse, MO 63838
Taney County DRC
294 Esplanade St.
Hollister, MO 65672
All DRCs are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 P.M. until further notice, with the exception of the Joplin site. You are encouraged to register before visiting a DRC.
The disaster recovery process begins by registering with FEMA. The process is free, takes about 20 minutes and is available three ways:
- Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
- Those with smartphones may register through m.FEMA.gov. Click “Apply Online for FEMA Assistance.” You will be directed to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- If you prefer to register by phone, the toll-free FEMA registration line is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY call 1-800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 1-800-621-3362. Telephone registration is available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
Representatives from FEMA’s individual assistance and mitigation programs will be available at the DRCs, along with U.S. Small Business Administration Customer Service Representatives, to explain assistance programs and help those affected apply for disaster aid.
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.
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