Multi-Agency Resource Centers to assist Missouri flood survivors

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. JEFFERSON CITY –

More flood help is coming to people in two counties in the Ozarks.

This week, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency is helping coordinate the operation of additional Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) to assist flooding survivors. MARCs will set up in Ozark and Oregon Counties. MARCs are one-stop shops that provide trained experts in areas like housing, insurance, food stamp replacement, mental health counseling and other key areas of need for flood survivors.

On Monday, the state will have a MARC at Alton High School in Oregon County. That event was moved from Thomasville. On Tuesday, the state will have a MARC in the gym at Gainesville High School in Ozark County. Each MARC will operate for one day, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To date, MARCs have helped 750 Missouri families affected by the historic flooding.

SEMA partner agencies 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, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Catholic Charities, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, The Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope.

Flood survivors are also encouraged to utilize United Way 211 to connect with vital resources they may need, such as housing, clothing, and assistance with cleaning and sanitizing homes impacted by flooding. The service is available throughout Missouri by simply dialing 2-1-1.

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

For information about Missouri flooding recovery and resources check www.mo.gov/flood. The site is regularly updated with new information.