FEMA-SEMA Set Up Shop in Columbia
The Disaster Recovery Center opened this week at 7th and Ash streets in downtown Columbia.
Many mid-Missourians are still reeling after tornadoes roughed them up earlier this spring. Now, they can get information about state and federal help at the center.
Federal Emergency Management Agency workers ask victims to apply immediately by phone, but there's also another option.
"They can come in and speak with the representatives, anyone in the surrounding areas and what-not, can come in and get information," said FEMA's Marc Williams.
FEMA and the State Emergency Management Agency created the Columbia center after President Bush declared a disaster March 16.
FEMA workers also are going door-to-door to tell people about the center, which focuses on victims of the March 11-13 storms.
FEMA hopes to keep the center open long enough to help as many mid-Missourians as possible. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA.