FEMA Disaster Recovery Center to reopen

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Center back at Marshall Hill storm shelter Monday through Wednesday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reopen its Disaster Recovery Center in Monett on Monday.

The center will return to the Monett Community Center storm shelter at County Road and Hickory, and it will be open through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

According to William Lindsey, external affairs and media relations for FEMA, the disaster team is returning to Monett to provide recovery resources prior to the March 21 deadline to file for assistance.

There are two main types of federal disaster assistance. FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses. SBA makes low-interest disaster loans available to help homeowners, renters, most non-profits and businesses of all sizes rebuild and recover. Even if property owners do not need SBA loans, an application is necessary for further assistance to proceed.

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA toll-free 800-621-3362, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the fema.gov app for smartphones.

Assistance is available to residents and businesses in counties covered by the federal disaster declaration stemming from flooding over the Dec. 26, 2015, weekend. To date, FEMA has approved 2,086 applications for assistance statewide, awarding $11.2 million in aid. A total of 916 claims under the National Flood Insurance program have been approved, worth $1.8 million. The Small Business Administration has approved 190 low-interest loans, providing $8 million in assistance.

"If people still have needs and want to know what to do, or have unanswered questions, we encourage them to call or come in and meet with a FEMA representative face to face," Lindsey said.

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