FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in West Plains

Jun 13, 2017

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration are in West Plains assisting citizens recovering from recent flooding.

The agencies opened its relief center in Howell County Tuesday after President Donald Trump recently approved Gov. Eric Greitens’ request for a disaster declaration. It covers 48 Missouri counties where total losses and expenses were estimated over $86 million.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting the disaster recovery center.

It is important for people to sign up early. That’s according to Scott Sanders, the media relations manager for FEMA.

“They can go online to disasterassistance.gov, they can call a 1-800 toll-free number which is 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or they can download an app on their smart phone.”

It’s free to register. Individuals will need to provide information such as a social security number, contact information and address of the property.  

It is advised that an individual who is seeking assistance to first contact their insurance company to assess the damages.

Sanders notes that there is a deadline for individuals to sign up for assistance.

“Its 60 days after the declaration. The declaration came out on June 2, so it is 60 days past that, so it would be roughly August 1 or 2nd.”

The Howell County disaster relief center is located inside the West Plains Civic Center, 110 Saint Louis St., and will be open daily form 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.