COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Federal officials announced today the opening of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Jasper County.
The DRC is located behind the Duquesne City Hall, 4010 E. 15th Place in Duquesne, Mo., which is supported by a specially equipped mobile communications motor home. It will operate today through Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Personnel from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand to help storm survivors register for disaster aid and to complete the SBA disaster loan application. They also can refer people to other sources for disaster recovery assistance.
The first step for individuals to be considered for disaster assistance is to register with FEMA. Registration may be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by smartphone through m.FEMA.gov, or by phone by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Individuals with hearing or speech impairment may call TTY 1-800-462-7585, or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 1-800-621-3362. Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day.
SBA low-interest disaster 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.