Atlanta, GA -- The tornadoes that ripped through the six Mississippi counties of Lowdnes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Monroe, Noxubee, Lafayette a year ago this week triggered federal assistance that now adds up to $24,651,335. A summary of assistance shows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
Columbus, MS -- Mississippians affected by November's tornadoes who have yet to apply for federal disaster assistance have one month before the deadline. January 13, 2003 is the last day to file applications for disaster assistance, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials.
Columbus, MS -- Mississippians affected by the November tornados can get disaster-related legal assistance through a cooperation between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi State Bar and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The toll-free number for free legal advice is 800-682-6423, Monday through Friday, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Callers are requested to identify themselves as disaster related applicants in order to receive more immediate service.
Individual Assistance - Dollars ApprovedIndividual Assistance Definitions
Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.
Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.
Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.
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Public Assistance - Dollars ApprovedPublic Assistance Definitions
Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President
Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President
Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards
*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.
*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.
|Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated*||Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated*||Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*|