CLINTON, Miss. -- The deadline for residents to register for federal disaster assistance for survivors of the April 15-28 tornadoes and storms is Tuesday, June 28, 2011.
“We want all Mississippi residents and business owners affected by the disaster to call or go online to register before the deadlines pass,” said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Womack.
After a federal disaster is declared in an area, many forms of assistance become available to help individuals and business owners recover and rebuild.
The Individuals and Households Program, for example, provides funds directly to households affected by a disaster to assist with minor repairs and clean up, rental assistance for temporary housing, and other disaster-related needs.
In addition, low-interest disaster loans are available to both home and business owners through the U.S. Small Business Administration.? Farmers and ranchers who lost livestock or had damage to crops, farm buildings and other agricultural assets also may be eligible for loans from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
The 29 counties with the June 28 deadline for submitting applications for assistance from the April 15-28 disasters are: 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.
Survivors can register for aid, get information about assistance programs and follow up on their applications by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the speech- and -hearing impaired.? Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls.? Residents also may register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov .
“We urge all survivors to register for federal disaster assistance immediately,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Terry L. Quarles.? “After registering, keep in touch with FEMA if you move or have any questions about your disaster assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free number and pressing the Helpline option.”
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.