COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The clock is ticking on the closing of the Disaster Recovery Center in Joplin, but federal recovery assistance will remain available on the Internet or by phone. The center at Landmark Center Shopping Mall, 2640 E. 32nd St., Suite 5 closes at 1 p.m., Sept. 10.
After the center closes, applicants will still be able to check on the status of an application, either by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by smartphone through m.FEMA.gov. If an applicant has a speech disability or hearing loss and uses a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if the applicant uses 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Multilanguage assistance is available. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
At the center, representatives from FEMA individual assistance and mitigation programs have been available along with the U.S. Small Business Administration to explain assistance programs and help those affected apply for disaster aid. Recovery specialists also can help with referral information to other assistance programs. Before visiting the DRC, people are encouraged to register with FEMA.
For information about U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations, call 1-800-659-2955. The TTY number is 1-800-877-8339. Online, go to www.sba.gov.
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.