Biloxi, MS -- The next step in the process of local governments applying for disaster assistance will begin on Wednesday with a briefing for local officials. Communities in the five counties of George, Jackson, Harrison, Hancock and Pearl River will be briefed on eligible damages and the funding process.
The Applicant Briefing will be held at 1:30 p.m., June 27, in the auditorium of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, 1141 Bayview Avenue in Biloxi.
After the briefing, damage inspection teams will be in the field to assist local governments in developing project worksheets, according to a joint announcement from Leon Shaifer, state coordinating officer, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and Gracia Szczech, FEMA's federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery effort.
President Bush designated the five Mississippi counties a major disaster area on June 21.
With the presidential disaster declaration in place, affected local governments in these counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance to fund 75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and repairing, restoring or replacing damaged public facilities. Disaster assistance also may be provided to repair, restore and replace facilities owned by certain private non-profit organizations that operate and maintain educational, utility, emergency, medical, custodial care and other essential governmental service facilities.