The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be holding a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Tuesday through Saturday, this week.
Pulaski County Emergency Management Director Lawson "Smitty" Smith told the Daily Guide that "anyone that has not registered with FEMA or has a denial letter" should come by the DRC.
The purpose of the DRC, according to Smith, is to help individuals get signed up for FEMA help or give them a chance to talk with someone about why they were denied.
Smith said if people have a denial letter, they should bring that, along with identification, receipts, and proof of residency to the DRC, as well as any other documentation they may have. Proof of residency w
Pulaski County's DRC is not just restricted to Pulaski County residents. Residents from other counties, such as Phelps County, or any other county included in the disaster declaration, can also visit Pulaski County's DRC.
FEMA reports, on its website, that visitors can expect services such as "guidance regarding disaster recovery, clarification of any written correspondence received, housing assistance and rental resource information, answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance, status of applications being processed by FEMA, Small Business Association program information, crisis counseling program, disaster legal services, disaster unemployment, funeral assistance."
Flood victims who have not registered to receive assistance can visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. FEMA says they have operators who are multilingual "and calls are answered seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT."
For those who have not applied, FEMA says it they "provide housing assistance to individuals and families who have lost their homes as a result of a presidentially-declared disaster. If you are a renter or homeowner you may qualify for assistance. By law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance. If your home was impacted by a major disaster we recommend that you apply for assistance."
Businesses are not eligible for FEMA assistance, but they do partner with the Small Business Administration, "which offers low interest loans for business damages."
They also offer assistance, according to their website, "for some of your other disaster-caused expenses including, medical and dental, child care, funeral and burial, essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle, and some clean-up items."
Once someone has applied for assistance can expect to have a FEMA representative stop in for a home inspection.
FEMA's website says that if individuals qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide a check by mail or direct deposit into a checking or savings account, as well as a letter describing how the money is supposed to be used.
Additionally, if individuals are told they don't qualify for a grant, they can expect a letter explaining why they didn't qualify, as well as an opportunity to appeal the decision.
The DRC will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the St. Robert Community Center.
In related news, the Daily Guide and Stonebrooke Church are hosting a community forum for flood victims Friday, July 7, at 6 p.m. at Stonebrooke. The community is encouraged to come and will be provided the opportunity to ask questions of FEMA, COAD, and elected officials.
The Daily Guide has invited FEMA, COAD, Pulaski County Emergency Management Director Lawson "Smitty" Smith, Floodplain Administrator Don Mayhew, Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman, Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk, Commissioner Lynn Sharp, Commissioner Rick Zweerink, Rep. Steve Lynch, Rep. Robert Ross, Senator Dan Brown, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Senator Claire McCaskill, and Senator Roy Blunt.
Former sheriff, and local author, JB King will be moderating the event. Each official has been allotted five minutes to present information to the audience about what they have been working on and the challenges they have been facing as it pertains to flood recovery.
After the presentations, the audience will be allowed to ask questions of any person on the panel about flood related issues.
The Daily Guide plans to broadcast the event live on its Facebook page.