COLUMBIA, Mo. – After serving New Madrid County for 71 days (in two segments) and seeing 1,160 applicants, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Morehouse will close its doors Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at 6 p.m. according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The DRC for New Madrid County is located in the Morehouse School Cafeteria at 420 S. Carroll Street and is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Before visiting a DRC, 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 the applicant has a speech disability or hearing loss and uses a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585. If the applicant uses 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 also 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, and to assist with working capital.
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.