CLINTON, Miss. -- Federal assistance approved for people in 14 Mississippi counties that were declared a major disaster area by the president following the historic flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries now totals $1,373,224 and is expected to grow rapidly as flood waters recede.
While many recovery efforts along the Mississippi River are held back by the heavy flooding, state and federal disaster officials are primed and ready to speed work as water levels continue to go down.
Several forms of federal assistance may be available, but people must first register with FEMA. That can be done by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for people with speech or hearing impairment. Telephone registration is available between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
Application can also be made on FEMA's website, www.DisasterAssistance.gov at any time. A person can also track the status of an application on that site. Another way to register is by web-enabled cell phone at m.fema.gov.
Here is a summary through Wednesday, June 1, of all federal assistance to individuals in counties affected by the flooding that began May 3, and continues.
- $1,373,224 in total housing and personal needs has been approved.
- Of that amount, $1,336,124 has been approved for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
- $37,099 has been approved as "Other Needs Assistance" to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- 1,398 Low-interest loan applications have been issued to homeowners, renters and business owners by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- 3,228 applicants have registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance.
- 978 visits have been made at Disaster Recovery Centers operated jointly by FEMA and the state of Mississippi.
- 1,668 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
- Teams of state and FEMA Community Relations field specialists have distributed more than 22,403 flyers and worked in the affected counties to help identify and assist disaster survivors. In the course of explaining the recovery process, the teams have visited:
- 5,126 residents
- 1,498 businesses
- 537 faith-based groups
- 128 community organizations
- 46 schools
- 327 emergency managers, fire and law enforcement officials
- 228 government officials
- 81 post offices
Amounts approved under FEMA's Individuals and Households Program for counties affected by the May 2011 flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries: