A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Carthage at the Jasper County Health Department, 105 Lincoln St., for area residents affected by the flooding and other storms that hit between April 28 and May 11.

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Carthage at the Jasper County Health Department, 105 Lincoln St., for area residents affected by the flooding and other storms that hit between April 28 and May 11.

The Jasper County Center will be open this week, Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m to register survivors and others who were affected by those storms from April 28-May 11.

If you can't make it to the Jasper County Center one of these three days, the Disaster Recovery Center in Neosho will be open indefinitely from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Lampo Center, 500 E. Spring Street. Neosho.

Workers at these centers will not be able to help with damage from the May 28 hail storm that swept through Carthage because that storm was not part of the federal disaster declaration made by President Trump earlier this month.

Homeowners, renters and business-owners are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center. Register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800- 621-3362 (FEMA) from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Survivors may also register using the FEMA app for smartphones.

If you have not registered before visiting a recovery center, please have the following information available when you arrive:

• Social Security number

• Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)

• Current mailing address

• Current telephone number

• Insurance information

• Total household annual income

• Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).

• A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses

FEMA provides grants to qualified individuals for rental assistance, home repairs, or other serious disaster-related losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renter.

SBA Public Information Officer William Kootz, who was in Carthage ahead of the establishment of an office in Jasper County, said many renters and homeowners don't realize the SBA can help them.

“Even though we're called the Small Business Administration, we can help home owners and renters too,” Koontz said. “All our loans are well below market rate, most below 2 percent. You can apply and if you are approved, you can still choose not to accept if you don't want it.”

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.