CLINTON, Miss. – State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers opened Tuesday in Claiborne and Warren Counties. The centers are open to help people whose homes or businesses were affected by river flooding since May 11 near the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
The Claiborne County center is at the William Ross Administrative Bldg., 504 Market St., in Port Gibson. The Warren County center is at Previous All Pro Auto Sales, 2127 Washington St., in Vicksburg.
The centers are open Monday thru Saturday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. They close on Sundays but will be open on Memorial Day.
Residents who suffered flood damage may visit any center in Mississippi for assistance or register by phone or the internet. A locator for the centers can be found atwww.fema.gov/drclocator
Emergency management experts from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies staff the centers to explain disaster assistance programs. Before visiting a center, people with storm-related losses should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Help is available in most languages. Those with speech or hearing impairment can call (TTY) 800-462-7585.
Persons affected by the floods also can apply for federal assistance through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to apply online for federal assistance and other recovery help.
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, and medical and dental expenses.
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.