CLINTON, Miss. — Survivors of the April 23-24 Mississippi tornadoes and severe storms have three weeks remaining to register for state and federal assistance, disaster recovery officials said today.
June 28 is the final day to apply. People in eight disaster-affected counties can register by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. Phone lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, and help is available in all languages.
Online registrations can be submitted on www.disasterassistance.gov.
The designated counties are Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Union, Warren and Yazoo. About 1,700 people have already applied for assistance in those counties, and more than $3.5 million in federal aid has been made available to families, individuals and businesses.
Tornado and storm survivors eligible for FEMA grants may get help for uninsured or underinsured home repairs, temporary housing, personal property and other serious disaster-related needs.
June 28 also is the last day to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Homeowners may seek SBA disaster loans for losses not covered by insurance. Loans may be for up to $200,000 to replace or repair a primary residence, and up to $40,000 to replace damaged personal property.
To obtain SBA loan information and applications, homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations in the designated Mississippi counties should call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 for the hearing and speech impaired. The lines are staffed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT.
People can also send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the SBA’s website site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. In addition, survivors may go to SBA’s secure website at http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply for disaster loans.
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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.