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Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4295)

Incident Period: January 20, 2017 - January 21, 2017
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 25, 2017

Individual Assistance Applications
Approved: 578

Total Individual & Households Program
Dollars Approved: $3,344,457.25

Total Public Assistance Grants
Dollars Obligated: $8,911,281.23

Designated Counties (Individual Assistance):

Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale, Perry

Workers are on the roof of a house being rebuilt.  The house is just wood for now with a black tarp on roof.

Registration has ended but stay in contact with FEMA to keep your recovery process moving

  • Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 if you have questions about how to file an appeal, the status of your claim, or other disaster-related issues.
  • If you registered with FEMA and are still awaiting a final settlement from your insurance company, be sure to update FEMA once your insurance claim is settled. You may still be eligible for grant assistance if your insurance didn’t cover all of your essential disaster-related needs.
  • Keep FEMA updated with your most current mailing address and phone numbers.
  • If you get a letter from FEMA saying you’re ineligible, read it carefully. You may simply need to provide additional information or documentation and the letter will explain how to follow up. Again, call the helpline if you have questions.
  • If you have questions about your application for a disaster loan from SBA, call 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339 or send an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.  

What to Do if You Disagree With FEMA's Decision Letter

What to do if you disagree with FEMA’s decision letter1. Read the letter carefully to find out why the decision was made.Do you need to provide additional information?• Insurance determination letter.• Proof of occupancy or ownership.• Proof of ID.• Applicant’s signature.Common reasons for the initial decision:• The damage was to a secondary home or a rental property, not a primary residence.• Someone else in the household applied and received assistance.• Disaster-related losses could not be verified.• Insurance covered all losses.2. Contact FEMA for help with filing an appeal or any questions.Call800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available)800-462-7585 (TTY)VisitA Disaster Recovery Center3. File a written appeal.Explain why you think the decision was not correct.• Provide supporting information and documents.• Include your FEMA registration number on all documents.• Sign the letter.Mail or fax your appeal within 60 days of the decision letter date, or drop it off at a Disaster Recovery Center.

SBA, HUD an Important Part of Storm Recovery in Mississippi

Federal Coordinating Officer Joe Girot shakes hands with Agustin “Gus” Fernandes, SBA field operations specialist at the Mississippi Joint Field Office, and holds a certificate of appreciation for SBA’s outstanding efforts in helping the people and communities affected by the January tornadoes in south Mississippi.

FEMA’s federal partners played a vital role in helping survivors of the January tornadoes in South Mississippi.

“The value SBA and HUD bring to disaster recovery cannot be overstated,” says Joe Girot, DR-4295-MS FCO. “Having HUD and SBA embedded in the JFO allowed us to coordinate local, state and federal resources in a timely and efficient fashion. That makes a tremendous difference for the survivors and communities in Mississippi.”

SBA may be the most visible of FEMA partners because the agency provides the single largest source of disaster recovery funds through its loan programs. “It’s our role to assist FEMA and other partners in helping survivors understand the recovery process,” notes Agustin “Gus” Fernandez, field operations specialist for SBA. “All survivors should know the resources available to them. Plus, Mississippi is a very forward-thinking state with the goal that all unmet needs are met. SBA helps those who can recover on their own, FEMA helps those who can’t.”  

HUD representatives confirmed that working with FEMA and other federal partners ensures a better understanding of needs that helps guide services needed for recovery.

Jerrie Magruder, HUD field office director stationed at the Mississippi JFO, said, “HUD’s longstanding working relationship with housing authorities, city and county governments made our being embedded in the Mississippi JFO an ideal conduit on issues that FEMA needed addressed. Direct access to officials ensured they were kept informed of the needs of the community and how they could help in real time, when it was needed. Moreover, it helped provide assistance to Mississippi Regional Housing Authority 8 in amending its plan to allow for a preference for disaster victims.”

Federal Coordinating Officer Joe Girot shakes hands with Jerrie Magruder , HUD field office director in Mississippi, and presents a certificate of appreciation for HUD’s outstanding efforts in helping the people and communities affected by the January tornadoes in south Mississippi.

HUD and SBA assisted survivors at disaster recovery centers and served on the Mississippi Unified Housing Task Force, which coordinated and leveraged resources from local, state, federal and voluntary agencies to address unmet housing needs of displaced survivors.

"In Mississippi we must leverage all assets to help our disaster survivors not only immediately after an event but in the months and years after as our communities rebuild," said MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson. "HUD and SBA are integral partners in restoring our communities to normalcy and I don't know what we would do without them."

Get the latest information

As men are working on a tornado damaged roof, in the foreground a cross was carved from a tree that was knocked over during the storm.

For more information on Mississippi’s tornado recovery, visit the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency site at msema.org. Follow MEMA on Facebook facebok.com/msemaorg and on Twitter @msema.

For information on local long-term community recovery efforts, visit www.R3SM.org.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

$3,344,457.25

Total Individual & Households Program (IHP) - Dollars Approved*

$2,422,514.31

Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved*

$921,942.94

Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved*

578

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved*

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

$8,911,281.23

Total Public Assistance Grants (PA) - Dollars Obligated✝

$6,803,711.83

Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated✝

$2,107,569.40

Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated✝

* Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.
✝ Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Learn more about FEMA Disaster definitions. Information is updated every 24 hours.

Preliminary Damage Assessment Report

PDA Report; FEMA-4295-DR

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Last Updated: 2017-01-25 05:00