CLINTON, Miss. -- The deadline for survivors of the series of tornadoes and storms of April 15 -- 28 to register for federal disaster assistance is Tuesday, June 28, 2011. The only way to have a chance to receive assistance if insurance coverage turns out not to be enough is to register with FEMA by the upcoming deadline.
Many forms of assistance may be available to help individuals and business owners recover and rebuild if they register. For example, the Individuals and Households Program provides funds directly to households affected by the disaster to assist with minor repairs and clean up, rental assistance for temporary housing, and other disaster-related needs.
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. Department of Agriculture.
Storm survivors in 29 counties are eligible to register with FEMA by June 28 to qualify for aid. The counties 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 those with speech or hearing impairments. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls. Residents also can register online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
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.