CLINTON, Miss. -- The deadline for Mississippi flood survivors to register for federal disaster assistance from either FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration is July 11.
Homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered losses in the flooding that extended from May 3 to June 17 and live in the 14 disaster declared counties may be eligible for housing assistance grants that include funds to rent a place to live while rebuilding; minor home repairs to make a home safe, sanitary and functional; and replace essential household items not covered by insurance.
Other types of grants may be available to replace personal property and help in meeting medical, dental, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable-aid programs.
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not covered by insurance. The SBA may lend up to $200,000 to repair or replace a primary residence and up to $40,000 to renters and homeowners to repair or replace personal property damaged or destroyed in the disaster. Up to $2 million may be available for businesses for their uncompensated disaster losses.
Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the process of being considered for other forms of disaster assistance.
The designated counties are Adams, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, DeSoto, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Sharkey, Tunica, Warren, Washington, Wilkinson and Yazoo.
Registration is easy and can be done by calling FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585, or by going online, 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.