FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 05, 2017


SEMA announces one-stop shops for disaster assistance for Missouri flood survivors

First Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) open Monday, May 8 in McDonald and Newton counties

Because so many Missourians have been impacted by the historic flooding, SEMA is coordinating with the American Red Cross, the Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Department of Insurance, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and local public health agencies, along with faith-based and volunteer agencies to provide one-stop shops for recovery services at Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs).

MARCs provide trained workers who can identify resources for assistance with housing, public assistance, mental health counseling, or to help them understand their insurance policies and the process to file a claim. The first two locations will be open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8 in Newton and McDonald counties. Attendees should bring proof of address.

Newton County MARC

Lampo Center

500 East Spring Street

Neosho, MO 64850

McDonald County MARC

First Baptist Church

1 Friendship Lane

Anderson, MO 64831

SEMA and its partners are scheduling additional MARCs throughout the areas affected by flooding. SEMA and its partners will provide information on the MARC locations as it becomes available, including on the state website, Mo.gov or directly at https://www.mo.gov/safety/disasters/flood/.

The State Emergency Management Agency also encourages flood survivors to utilize United Way 211 to connect with vital resources they may need, such as shelters, clothing, and assistance with cleaning and sanitizing homes impacted by flooding.  The service is available throughout Missouri by simply dialing 2-1-1.

United Way 211 is also available at http://211helps.org and is designed to connect those in need to a wide-range of resources 24-hours a day, seven days a week. United Way 211 can be a lifeline for those coping with the devastation of the flood to find valuable resource with one just call. United Way 211 is free and confidential.

SEMA and its partners are currently working to schedule additional MARCs throughout the areas affected by flooding. SEMA and its partners will provide information on MARC locations as it becomes available including on the state website, mo.gov or directly at https://www.mo.gov/safety/disasters/flood/.

Missourians living in an area impacted by the flood with an unmet need can continue to call United Way 211 for assistance. 

SEMA and its partners will provide information on additional MARC locations as it becomes available including on the state website, mo.gov or directly at https://www.mo.gov/safety/disasters/flood/. 

 



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For more information, call 573-751-5432 or e-mail mike.o'connell@dps.mo.gov