May 21, 2003 at 1:55 AM CDT - Updated June 20 at 7:50 PM
Disaster Recovery Center Opens By: Kate Scott
(Jackson, MO)--Two weeks after Heartland twisters ripped apart many homes and lives, victims in Southeast Missouri now have a new place to go for help.
On Tuesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency set up a Disaster Recovery Center in Jackson. The center is staffed with representatives from both state and federal disaster agencies, as well as the Small Business Administration. They're experts that storm victims can talk with face to face, with any questions they might have about getting back on their feet.
Missouri storm victims should still apply for federal grants and low interest loans by phone, at 1-800-621-FEMA. But once you apply, workers at Jackson's Disaster Recovery Center can talk you through the rest of the process. According to FEMA Public Affairs Officer Ken Higginbotham, that includes letting you know what kinds of grants and loans are available to help you. "You don't have to have a small business in this particular declaration to apply with the U.S. Small Business Administration," he gives an example. "Private owners and residents may apply for low-interest, long-term loans through the SBA. If they are declined a loan, they may apply for a grant through FEMA."
The Disaster Recovery Center is located at the National Guard Armory, on West Park Street, in Jackson. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice. The help is available to all storm victims in Missouri's declared disaster counties. And it's free.
For more information, you can visit the following website: www.fema.gov.