Tornadoes and flooding devastated several homes and businesses in May. Dennis Read with the Federal Emergency Management Agency says disaster recovery centers are being set up in several counties to assist victims of storms that rolled through the state May 8 through 16.

Read says FEMA can offer small business loans, assistance recouping losses insurance doesn’t cover, unemployment and more.

Read says residents who can’t make it to the disaster recovery centers can apply online or by phone as well.

Counties affected are: Adair, Barry, Barton, Bolligner, Cape Girardeau, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Laclede, Lawrence, Madison, Newton, Ozark, Polk, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Francois, Shannon, Texas, Washington, and Webster.

To register with FEMA by phone, call (800) 621-3362; online, go to

For a list of Disaster Recovery Centers and hours of operation, visit: event.fema?id=11609


Jessica Machetta reports [Download/listen MP3]