CLINTON, Miss. -- Local governments, tribal governments and nonprofit agencies that suffered damage or loss as a result of March storms in 10 counties have until June 12 to apply for funding to help them recover. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are jointly providing reimbursement funding to eligible agencies.
Under the May 12 presidential disaster declaration, reimbursement is available for debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairs to facilities made necessary by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding of March 25-28.
"The March storms burdened these counties both physically and financially," said MEMA Director Mike Womack. "We have a well-tested system to get the word out about available assistance and to process requests as quickly as possible to speed the recovery of local agencies."
MEMA has held five Applicants' Briefings and received 17 applications for reimbursement from officials in Amite, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Simpson, Stone, Walthall, Wayne and Wilkinson counties.
"The disaster declaration allows FEMA's Public Assistance Program to supplement state and local recovery," said Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen, with FEMA for the Mississippi storm recovery.
Other assistance programs are available to help Mississippians who suffered damage or loss as a result of March storms.
MEMA is assisting residents in Simpson and Jackson counties who were forced out of their homes for at least three days due to the storms. Emergency management offices in these two counties have details about this program.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans to residents as well as nonprofit organizations and businesses of all sizes in the following counties: Copiah, Covington, George, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Rankin, Simpson, Smith and Stone; also Private Non-Profits in Amite, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Simpson, Stone, Walthall, Wayne and Wilkinson.
SBA loans are available to home owners and renters, business owners and nonprofit agencies to repair or replace property damaged by the March storms. Loans are also available to businesses that suffered economic injury as a result of the storms. More information is available at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or by calling 1-800-659-2955. Those with hearing impairment may call 1-800-877-8339.
The Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is providing loans to farmers, ranchers and operators with March storm losses in Hinds County. More information is available at 601-630-0278 ext. 2.
Because of the presidential disaster declaration, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development is able to help state and local governments expedite use of Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs and provide loan guarantee assistance.
For individuals, HUD granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration insured loans. Mississippi borrowers are advised to remind their loan-servicers that they are in a federally declared disaster area. Mortgage insurance also can help homeowners finance the rehabilitation of storm-damaged homes. To learn more, visit www.hud.gov or www.espanol.hud,gov.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.