Assistance Still Available For April Tornado, Storm Survivors

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Release date: 
June 21, 2010
Release Number: 
1906-044

CLINTON,  Miss.  -- Survivors of the April 23-24 Mississippi tornadoes and severe storms have just one week left to register for state and federal assistance.

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., and help is available in all languages.

Online registrations can be submitted to www.disasterassistance.gov.

The designated counties are Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Union, Warren and Yazoo.

Nearly 1,900 people have already applied for assistance, and about $5 million in federal aid has been made available to families, individuals and businesses.

Eligible storm survivors may get FEMA assistance with uninsured or underinsured home repairs, temporary housing 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 up to $200,000 for residential losses not covered by insurance, and up to $40,000 to replace damaged personal property.

To obtain SBA loan information and applications, homeowners and renters in the designated Mississippi counties should call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

SBA loans also are available for businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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