Columbia, Mo. –The Federal/State Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Mississippi County at Charleston High School, 604 S. Thorn St., in Charleston, Missouri, will close on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, June 2, a DRC in Scott County will open at 103 S. Kings Highway in Sikeston, Mo. Operating hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday.
"The transition of the DRC to Scott County offers FEMA and its federal, state and local government partners an opportunity for continued support and information for Missourians affected by the recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner.
Representatives from FEMA’s individual assistance and mitigation programs will be available, along with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to explain disaster assistance programs and to help storm survivors register for disaster aid. Recovery specialists can also help with referral information to other assistance programs.
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.
Missouri residents may visit any FEMA/State DRC in Missouri at the following locations:
Butler County DRC
Three Rivers Community College
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Rooms A202 and A203
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Jasper County DRC
First United Methodist Church
501 W. 4th St.
Joplin, MO 64801
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801
New Madrid County DRC
Morehouse Fire Department
105 E. Beech St.
Morehouse, MO 63838
Scott County DRC
103 S. Kings Hwy.
Sikeston, MO 63801
Taney County DRC
(Old Train Depot)
294 Esplanade St.
Hollister, MO 65672
All DRCs, except for the Jasper County DRCs, are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed Sunday. The Jasper County DRCs are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.
Before visiting a DRC you are encouraged to register with FEMA. The process is free, takes about 20 minutes, and is available three ways:
- Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Those with smart phones may register through m.FEMA.gov. Click “Apply Online for FEMA Assistance.”
- 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.
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.