COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The federal/State Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the Three Rivers Community Center, Rooms A202 and A203, 2080 Three Rivers Blvd., in Poplar Bluff, will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, June 20, 2011, with operating hours Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The DLOC will remain open through Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
SBA representatives at the DLOC will provide homeowners, renters and business owners with one-on-one assistance with completing their SBA disaster loan applications, answering questions about SBA's disaster loan program, and explaining how an SBA disaster loan can help pay for their disaster losses. Those unable to visit the DLOC may contact the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955, TTY at 1-800-877-8339, or online at www.sba.gov.
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 from SBA 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 real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.
Storm survivors who are unable to visit the DRC and have questions about their disaster assistance application may call the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agencys (FEMA) Helpline, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Multi-lingual assistance is available. Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily, until further notice.
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.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and covers the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss, who use a TTY, should call 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 800-621-3362.