CLINTON, Miss. -- Federal assistance approved for people in 14 Mississippi counties designated in a major disaster declared by the president following the historic flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries has reached $16,244,123.
While many recovery efforts along the Mississippi River were slowed by the heavy flooding, state and federal disaster officials are responding as receding water allows access to flood-damaged areas.
Here is a summary through Wednesday, June 29, of all federal assistance to individuals in counties affected by the flooding between May 3 and June 17, 2011.
- $9,533,923 in total housing and personal needs has been approved.
- Of that amount, $8,987,675 has been approved for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
- $546,248 has been approved as "Other Needs Assistance" to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- $6,710,200 in loans to 85 homeowners, renters or business owners have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- 3,704 applicants have registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance.
- 2,452 visits have been made at Disaster Recovery Centers operated jointly by FEMA and the state of Mississippi.
- 2,773 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
- Teams of state and FEMA Community Relations field specialists have distributed more than 32,841 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:
- 9,021 residents
- 2,044 businesses
- 855 faith-based groups
- 270 community organizations
- 57 schools
- 488 emergency managers, fire and law enforcement officials
- 362 government officials
- 118 post offices
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. Telephone registration is available between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. FEMA will assist anyone with a disability who needs help registering -- just ask.
Application can also be made on FEMA's websit...