COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today it will open a Disaster Recovery Center on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, in Lafayette County to help survivors of the recent flooding with their applications for federal and state disaster assistance.
The DRC will be located at the Lafayette County Courthouse, 1106 Main St., Lexington, Mo. The DRC will be open from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Aug. 23. After Aug. 23, the DRC will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration 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.
Disaster survivors can also register for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by smartphone at m.fema.gov or by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who have access or functional needs and use a TTY may call 1-800-462-7585 directly; individuals who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 1-800-621-3362. Multilanguage assistance is also available. Telephone registration is available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice.
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 access or functional needs who use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) to call 1-800-621-3362.
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.