State assistance coming to flood victims

Monday, July 13, 2015

Resource center to be set up Wednesday in Cassville

Assistance will soon be coming to families whose homes suffered damage from last week's flooding, as the State Emergency Management Agency is setting up a Multi-Agency Resource Center this week.

David Compton, director of the Barry County Office of Emergency Management, said the SEMA Human Services Division will have representatives at the Division of Family Services on 8th Street Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to meet with residents whose homes were affected by flooding.

Participating state agencies include the Missouri departments of Health and Senior Services, Mental Health, Insurance, the Family Support Division of the Department of Social Services and the University of Missouri Extension. No appointment is needed, and the assistance is for residents only, not businesses.

The resource center will include representatives trained to identify possible assistance resources, including temporary public assistance, mental health counseling and assistance with questions about insurance and health and safety issues.

A Department of Insurance representative will be able to provide consumers with assistance understanding their insurance policies and the process of filing a claim.

Residents seeking assistance should bring photo identification and proof of address, if available.

Compton said the Office of Emergency Management community recovery center is based at the Barry County Neighborhood Center on Hwy. 248, led by Gail Reed, director of the center who is coordinating outreach for residents through the Barry County County Office of Emergency Management.

Compton said people may visit the center at any time to learn about resources or assistance available. Reed is also keeping track of those needing assistance and compiling it for the Office of Emergency Management.

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