ATLANTA – Two additional counties have been designated for disaster assistance to households and businesses as part of Mississippi's federal disaster declaration, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The latest counties are Marion and Wayne.
Counties previously designated are Forrest and Lamar.
Applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Homeowners and renters can register for federal disaster assistance that may help pay for:
- Temporary housing;
- Home repairs;
- Other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs; and
- Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration that may cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
People in the newly designated counties who have already registered for federal disaster assistance do not need to do so again. If they have any questions about their applications for disaster assistance, they should call 800-621-3362.
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.