FEMA Disaster Recovery Center open in Houston

A flood recovery center is open in Houston.

Federal emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery centers 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-May 11.

The center is in the multi-purpose room at the Texas County Justice Center at 519 N. Grand Ave. in Houston. The hours are  9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. It closes Wednesday.

Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be there to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs information or assistance filing an application.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA 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. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

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FEMA personnel wait to help people Friday morning at the disaster recovery center set up in the multi-purpose room at the Texas County Justice Center in Houston. Photo by Doug Davison, Houston Herald

The following information is helpful when registering:

  • 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 provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

+2  A FEMA vehicle with an uplink dish on its roof sits Friday morning outside the Texas County Justice Center in Houston. Photo by Doug Davison, Houston Herald

SBA also offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs. People who have a need or a request for reasonable accommodation should let the staff know when they register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

Source : http://www.houstonherald.com/news/fema-disaster-recovery-center-open-in-houston/article_12e77274-57b1-11e7-b3ff-fb0909fe6bf3.html

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