COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Federal and state officials will continue to assist with the city of Joplin's recovery long after the Disaster Recovery Center closes Sept. 10.
Long-term recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will work with voluntary agencies and other interested parties to continue the recovery that has begun in Joplin.
"FEMA will remain present in Joplin to make sure tornado survivors get the help they need," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Karl. "We urge anyone with questions to give the FEMA Helpline a call."
For answers to disaster assistance questions, call the toll-free Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Individuals with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; individuals who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. FEMA phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week; multilingual operators are available.
For information about U.S. Small Business Administration disaster assistance loans, call 1-800-659-2955, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit SBA's website at www.sba.gov. Deaf or hard of hearing individuals may call 1-800-877‑8339.
Four disaster recovery centers and the Multi-Agency Resource Center in Joplin have assisted more than 7,000 disaster survivors since the May 22 tornado.
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 cover 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). TTY 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.