CLINTON, Miss. -- Survivors of the April 23-24 Mississippi tornadoes and severe storms have only a few days left to register for state and federal assistance.
Monday, June 28, is the final day applications will be accepted.
"This is your last chance to seek federal help for April’s storms," said State Coordinating Officer Mike Womack. "Don’t just wonder if you’re eligible. Register to find out for sure."
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.
About 1,900 people have already applied for assistance, and approximately $5 million in federal aid has been made available to families, individuals and businesses.
Those who qualify may get FEMA assistance with uninsured or underinsured home repairs, temporary housing and other serious disaster-related needs.
"We want to provide every dollar of grant assistance storm survivors are eligible for," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch. "Your first step is to call FEMA or go online to register, but you must do it by Monday."
Monday also is the last day to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.
Business owners can borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA also provides small business owners access to Economic Injury Loans that provide money for ongoing business expenses to recover from the adverse economic impact of a disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available even if the business didn’t sustain physical damages.
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. Loan applications can also be made online at the SBA’s secure website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
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.