CLINTON, Miss. -- Survivors of the May 1-2 Mississippi storms and flooding have until July 13 to register for state and federal assistance.
People in five 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 Alcorn, Benton, Lafayette, Tippah and Tishomingo.
About 700 people have already applied for assistance, and more than $1.1 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.
Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also are available for those who qualify. 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 email@example.com, or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations also may apply for SBA 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.