FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens June 20 in Howell County

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Release date: 
June 18, 2011
Release Number: 
1980-063

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today it will open a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) in Howell County to help survivors of the recent flooding with their applications for federal and state disaster assistance.

The MDRC will be located at the National Guard Armory, 1315 Webster Ave., in West Plains. Operating hours will be Monday, June 20, 2011, from 1 to 6 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The MDRC will remain open until 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Personnel from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand to meet with storm survivors face-to-face to answer any disaster assistance questions, and to help applicants complete their SBA disaster loan applications.

Missouri residents may visit any DRC in the state at the following locations:

Jasper County
First Methodist Church
501 W. 4th St.
Joplin, MO 64801
Open: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 19th is the last Sunday the DRC will be open. Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Open until further notice.

Taylor Performing Arts Center
Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801
Open: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 19th is the last Sunday the DRC will be open.
Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Open until further notice.

New Madrid County
Morehouse Elementary School Cafeteria
420 S. Carroll St.Morehouse, MO 63868
Open: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open until further notice.

Scott County
103 S. Kings Highway
Sikeston, MO 63801
Open: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open until further notice.

Before visiting a MDRC, survivors are urged to first register with FEMA. Registration may be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by smartphone through m.FEMA.gov, or by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Multi-language assistance is available. Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily, until further notice.

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 may be 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.

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.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medica...

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