FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 08, 2017


2 one-stop shops for disaster assistance for Missouri flood survivors will open Tuesday

Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in West Plains and St. Robert open May 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Because many Missouri families have been impacted by devastating flooding, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency is working with state,  local, faith-based and volunteer agencies to provide one-stop shops for recovery assistance at Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs), including two opening Tuesday, May 9, in West Plains and St. Robert. The West Plains MARC will also be open May 10.

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. Flood survivors should bring proof of address. Free child care is available.

West Plains MARC

May 9, 11 a.m-7 p.m.

May 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

West Plains Civic Center

110 St. Louis Street

West Plains, MO 65775

St. Robert MARC

May 9, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Community Center

114 J.H. Williamson Drive

St. Robert, MO 65584

SEMA partners in the MARCs include the American Red Cross, Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Department of Insurance, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Catholic Charities, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, The Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope.

SEMA and its partners are scheduling additional MARCs throughout the areas affected by flooding. Information on the MARC locations as it becomes available, including on the state website, mo.gov and the Missouri Department of Public Safety Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Flood survivors are also encouraged 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.

For information about Missouri flooding recovery and resources check Mo.gov. The site is regularly updated with new information.

Follow the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Twitter and Facebook.

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