CLINTON, Miss. -- Federal and state assistance approved for people in 29 Mississippi counties that were declared a major disaster area by the president because of devastating storms and tornadoes has reached $15,734,072.
Here is a summary through Wednesday, July 6, of all state and federal assistance to individuals who suffered losses due to the storms and tornadoes of April 2011:
- $8,508,572 in total housing and personal needs has been approved.
- Of that amount, $7,114,775 has been approved for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
- $1,393,796 has been approved as "Other Needs Assistance" to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- $7,225,500 in loans to homeowners, renters or business owners has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- 7,690 applicants have registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance.
- 3,230 visits have been made at Disaster Recovery Centers operated jointly by FEMA and the state of Mississippi.
- 5,039 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
- Teams of MEMA and FEMA Community Relations field specialists have distributed more than 54,237 flyers and worked in the affected counties to help identify and assist disaster survivors. In the course of explaining the recovery process, they have visited:
- 17,226 residents
- 1,777 businesses
- 1,367 faith-based group
- 298 community organizations
- 71 schools
- 505 emergency managers, fire and law enforcement officials
- 425 government officials
- 139 post offices
Amounts approved under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program for counties affected by the April 2011 storms and tornadoes: