CLINTON, Miss. -- More than $5 million in federal disaster aid has been approved to help people recover from losses caused by severe April storms, tornadoes and flooding across Mississippi that resulted in a major disaster declaration by the president.
The financial help was approved for people who were found to be eligible for assistance in Alcorn, Attala, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, DeSoto, Greene, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette, Leflore, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Panola, Quitman, Smith, Sunflower, Tishomingo, Tunica, Webster, and Winston counties.
While federal and state disaster recovery officials continue to respond to the serious needs of people and communities who suffered losses in this event, they are strongly urging everyone who suffered uninsured or underinsured losses related to April 15-28 storms, tornadoes and flooding in the designated counties to register for help with FEMA.
There is still time to register by dialing 800-621-FEMA (3362) any day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. or TTY 800-462-7585 for people with speech or hearing impairment. An application can also be made on FEMA’s new website, www.disasterassistance.gov at any time. A person may also track the status of an application on that site.
Here is a summary of all federal assistance to individuals through Thursday, May 12:
- $3,734,036 in total housing and personal needs has been approved.
- Of that amount, $3,089,764 has been approved for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
- $644,272 has been approved as “Other Needs” to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- $645,000 in loans to homeowners, renters or business owners has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- 3,631 applicants have registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance.
- 1,135 visits have been made at Disaster Recovery Centers operated jointly by FEMA and the state of Mississippi.
- 1,666 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
- Teams of state and FEMA Community Relations field specialists have distributed more than 12,000 flyers and worked in the affected counties to help identify and assist disaster survivors. More than 59,000 electronic flyers have been sent to various sites in the disaster area. In the course of explaining the recovery process, they have visited:
- 1,621 residents
- 112 businesses
- 126 faith-based groups
- 16 community organizations
- 16 schools
- 18 emergency managers, fire and law enforcement officials
- 13 government officials
- 5 post offices
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.