Disaster Survivors in Mississippi Should Register With FEMA

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Release date: 
February 14, 2013
Release Number: 
001

PEARL, MS —Disaster survivors in Forrest and Lamar counties affected by Feb. 10 storms and tornadoes should apply now for federal assistance.

Registration is simple and can be completed several ways:

  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov any time day or night.
  • By phone or video relay at 800-621-FEMA (3362) daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. Help is available in many languages.
  • By TTY at 800-462-7585.
  • By web-enabled mobile devices at m.fema.gov. Select “Disaster Survivor” then “Apply Online for FEMA Assistance.”

Those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s individual assistance program helps eligible applicants with temporary housing assistance, uninsured personal property losses and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other disaster-related expenses and serious needs. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to cover residential and business losses not covered by insurance.

The only way to get FEMA help is to register for assistance. The process takes 15 to 30 minutes.

FEMA will ask for the following information:

  • Telephone number where applicant can be reached.
  • Address where applicant lived at the time of the disaster and the address where they are staying.
  • Applicant’s Social Security number.
  • General description of damage to property and other losses.
  • Name of the insurance company and policy number or agent if the property is insured.
  • Bank account routing information for direct deposit of funds.

People whose property suffered any storm damage are encouraged to document damages with photographs and to save repair receipts. Applicants also should report their damages to their insurance company.

Local/state/federal damage assessments are continuing in other Mississippi counties. Additional assistance may be designated after these assessments are completed.

 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.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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Last Updated: 
February 20, 2013 - 13:22