LONG BEACH, Miss. -- Disaster aid for homeowners, renters, business owners, state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations affected by Hurricane Gustav reached $20,236,338 thus far, according to officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Twenty-two Mississippi counties were declared eligible for federal Public Assistance (PA) only and five counties were declared eligible for both PA and Individual Assistance (IA).
PA is available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations and can be used for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and repair or replacement of public buildings, roads, bridges, parks and publicly owned utilities.
The counties eligible for PA are: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Forrest, Franklin, George, Hancock, Harrison, Issaquena, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Pike, Stone, Walthall, Washington and Wilkinson.
IA is disaster aid to homeowners, renters and business owners and can be used for temporary housing, repair to damaged houses, other necessary disaster-related expenses such as medical and dental expenses, funeral and burial costs and repair or replacement of essential personal property.
The five counties also eligible for IA are: Adams, Hancock, Harrison, Washington and Wilkinson. FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate storm victims for their entire loss. For those with insurance, the government may help pay for basic needs not covered by insurance.
Nov. 25, 2008, is the deadline for residents to apply for federal and state disaster assistance, including SBA low-interest disaster loans. Mississippians who received a low-interest disaster loan application should complete and return it as soon as possible. If an applicant completes a loan application and is determined to be ineligible for an SBA loan, he or she will be referred back to FEMA for consideration of receiving a grant.? Unlike loans, grants do not have to be paid back.
The following figures provided by FEMA, MEMA and SBA officials represent disaster aid approved through Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008:
- Total Individual Assistance approved is $5,300,677
- $4,408,271 has been approved for housing assistance.
- $892,406 has been approved for disaster related other needs assistance.
- $12,914,761 in federal funds has been obligated for Public Assistance ? assistance to help state and local governments recover from Gustav.
- The SBA has issued 3,512 disaster loan applications; 2,806 residential and 706 to businesses. A total of $2,020,900 in low-interest disaster loans has been approved thus far.
- 7,336 individuals from the declared counties have registered for disaster assistance.
The county-by-county breakdown of Individual Assistance is as follows: