FEMA opens office in Ferguson

FEMA  Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Ferguson

FEMA has  opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)  at the Cottonwood Plaza, 10427 West Florissant Ave., Ferguson, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. On May 9,, the President issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Missouri to help individuals and communities recover from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding beginning on April 19, , and continuing.

The center’s hours of operation will be Mondays through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Cottonwood Plaza

Monday, May 16 and until further notice: Monday through Saturday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Representatives from FEMA housing and individual assistance and mitigation programs will be 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.

SBA low interest disaster assistance loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.

Before visiting a DRC, people are encouraged to register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.govor call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Help is available in most languages.

Persons affected by the storms can also apply for federal assistance directly through a Web-enabled mobile device or smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov.

You may access disaster information and recovery resources directly from your smart phone at FEMA’s new mobile website at http://m.fema.gov/.

Receive up-to-the minute Missouri disaster recovery information by following us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/femaregion7.

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.

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). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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