RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (Heartland News at 9) -
Ripley County, Missouri residents will soon be able to get much needed help from a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center that opens Friday, June 16 in the city of Doniphan.
The centers are here to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11.
Specialists will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.
The new center is at the Ripley County Caring Community Partnership Building. It is located at 209 W. Highway Street in Doniphan, Mo.
It opens daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on Tuesday, June 20, the center will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. due to another scheduled event.
FEMA officials encourage homeowners, renters and business-owners to register before visiting a disaster recovery center. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Registration is available for people with multilingual needs as well. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.
Having the following information when registering will help make the process as smooth as possible:
• Social Security number
• Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
• Current mailing address
• Current telephone number
• Insurance information
• Total household annual income
• Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
• A description of disaster-caused damage and losses
FEMA disaster recovery centers are currently operating in Carter, Franklin, Howell, Jefferson, McDonald, Newton, Phelps and Taney counties. Additional disaster recovery centers in other communities will be added soon.
Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of recovery centers may be found online at www.fema.gov/DRC and at https://recovery.mo.gov/.
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