COLUMBIA, Mo. –Survivors of the 2011 Missouri River flooding have only one more day to take advantage of assistance available at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Buchanan County. The DRC, located in St. Joseph, is scheduled to close at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 but federal recovery assistance will remain available on the Internet or by phone.
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.
Representatives from Federal Emergency Management Agency individual assistance and mitigation programs as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration have been available at the center 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.
To date FEMA has assisted more than 801 visitors in three DRCs in response to flooding in the northwest.
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.