Losing a loved one is an unimaginable tragedy. If you had funeral or reburial expenses as a result of the March 31 to April 1, 2023, storms and tornadoes in Tennessee, funeral assistance may be available from FEMA.
Renters in Broward who had losses from the April 12–14 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding can apply for federal disaster assistance.
If you received a letter from FEMA saying that the information you provided is incomplete, or that you are ineligible for disaster assistance, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days of the date on the letter. An appeal is a written request to review your file again and consider any additional information you’ve provided that may affect the decision. In the event it takes longer than sixty days, please include why your appeal is late.
Fake or unlicensed contractors may try to take advantage of Mississippi residents affected by the March 24-25 tornadoes. Insurance settlements, grants and loans allow homeowners to begin work on their damaged homes. But homeowners need to hire contractors who are authorized to do the work, will complete the work, and will do a good job.
Like all natural disasters, tornadoes can end up causing massive destruction to homes, property and infrastructure. Typically, tornadoes cause the greatest damage to structures of light construction, including residential dwellings and particularly manufactured homes.
Mississippi tornado survivors who have applied for disaster assistance with FEMA may need to provide additional documents to support their application.
FEMA wants to deliver disaster assistance to survivors as quickly as possible. One way you can help speed the process is to stay in touch with FEMA. Update FEMA immediately when your situation changes, particularly your housing. Be sure to let FEMA know when your address or phone number changes and keep your appointments with FEMA representatives or, get in touch if you can’t.
Why would I need to appeal? Some Mississippians who applied for FEMA disaster assistance have gotten a determination letter they don’t agree with. If you disagree with FEMA’s decision, you can appeal. Every survivor has the right to appeal. By appealing, you are asking FEMA to review your case. If you think FEMA’s decision on the amount of assistance, or the type of assistance, is wrong, submit an appeal letter and any documents needed to support your claim.
Arkansas renters who have been asked to leave or vacate their storm-damaged home or apartment complex, whether their unit had damage or not, may be eligible for disaster assistance from FEMA.
If your important documents were lost or destroyed in the March 31 to April 1, 2023, storms and tornadoes, there are ways to replace them.