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Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Lafayette

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Release date: 
May 6, 2011
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CLINTON, Miss. -- A Disaster Recovery Center operated by the state of Mississippi and the Federal Management Agency (FEMA) opened today to assist those affected by recent storms and tornadoes.  DRCs are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. The center opened to help survivors who suffered losses resulting from the storms, tornadoes and flooding of April 15 and 27-28.

Counties currently designated for assistance to individuals are: Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hinds, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette, Monroe, Neshoba and Webster.  Residents who suffered storm-related losses in these counties may visit any center for assistance.

Emergency management experts from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agencies will staff the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help storm survivors. Before visiting a center, people with storm-related losses should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at Help is available in most languages. Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585

Persons affected by the storms also may apply for federal assistance through a web-enabled mobile device or Smartphone. Visit and follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.” 

Disaster Recovery Centers currently operating

Hinds County
Golden Keys Community Center
3450 Albermarle Rd.
Jackson, MS 39213

Clinton Public Works Facilities
527 Spring Ridge Rd.
Clinton, MS 39056

Green County
Leakesville Community Ctr.
1627 Center St.
Leakesville, MS 39451

Lafayette  County
Anchor Baptist Church
1009 Hwy 7 South
Water Valley, MS 38965
Monroe County
Intersection of Hwy 23 & 25
Smithville, MS 38870

Chickasaw County
Houston Civic Center
635 Starkville Rd
Houston, MS 38851

Webster-Choctaw County
Mathiston Public Library
298 Scott St.
Mathiston, MS 39752

Kemper County
Kemper County Sheriff Department Conference Room
330 Stennis Industrial Rd.
DeKalb, MS 39328

Jasper-Clarke County
Enterprise Town Hall
500 S. River Rd.
Enterprise, MS 39330

Individual assistance for eligible homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for rental housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. Representatives are available to explain the full range of application options available including assistance for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses.

Low-interest loans from the SBA are available for eligible applicants to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.  Among the options are assistance for replacement of personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. Other help at the centers may be provided by attorneys, crisis counselors and representatives of organizations such as the American Red Cross or local volunteer agencies. 

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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