PEARL, Miss. – Three additional disaster recovery centers are open in Itawamba, Lowndes and Rankin counties to assist Mississippi residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.
The disaster recovery centers will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and are located at:
Mantachie Community Center
265 Tishtontee Drive
Mantachie, MS 38855
New Hope Community Center
381 Stadium Road
Columbus, MS 39702
North of the high school, near the football field
Rankin County Extension
601 Marquette Road
Brandon, MS 39402
Specialists from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions. Survivors will be able to:
- Discuss their individual disaster-related needs.
- Submit any additional documentation needed, such as occupancy or ownership verification documents and letters from insurance companies.
- Find out the status of an application.
- Obtain information about different types of state and federal assistance.
- Get help from SBA specialists in completing low-interest disaster loan applications for homeowners, renters and business owners.
- Receive referrals to the American Red Cross and other voluntary organizations to help with immediate disaster-related needs.
Before going to a center, if possible, survivors should register with FEMA. Apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone at m.fema.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362. Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability can call (TTY) 800-462-7585.
Disaster assistance may include money to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs. Low-interest SBA loans may also be available for losses not covered by insurance or other sources.
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.