CLINTON, Miss. -- In just five weeks, disaster assistance agencies have approved more than$4.6 million in aid for Mississippians affected by recent tornadoes, flooding and severe storms.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency have approved more than $3.5 million in grants to help eligible disaster survivors with housing and other serious disaster-related needs. Housing assistance included funds for temporary rental payments, home repairs, support toward replacing a destroyed home, or temporary housing units such as travel trailers or mobile homes.
The U.S. Small Business Administration also has approved more than $1.1 million in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofits. These loan funds were approved to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the disasters.
People affected by the April 23-24 tornadoes have until June 28 to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA and the SBA. For the May 1-2 severe storms and flooding, the deadline is July 13.
Those who have not already applied for help should call 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 any day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. CDT. Disaster survivors also can apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov. A person may also track the status of an application on that site.
For more information, contact the State Emergency Joint Information Center at 866-920-MEMA (6362), or visit us online at www.msema.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook using the keyword MSEMA.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.