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2017-02-16 20:09 - News Release

If you suffered damages as a result of the tornadoes that hit south Mississippi in January, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency both recommend you contact FEMA to see if you qualify for disaster assistance.

2017-02-15 22:26 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – FEMA grants are helping hundreds of Mississippi families recover from the Jan. 21 storms and tornadoes, but you might have neighbors, friends or family members who may need help and have not yet registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

2017-02-13 22:26 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Rebuilding or repairing property damaged from the recent severe storms?  Residents in the Hattiesburg, Meridian and Petal areas can get advice on building safer and stronger from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Mitigation specialists from FEMA will be at The Home Depot in Hattiesburg, Lowe’s in Meridian and Ace Hardware in Petal to offer information on rebuilding after a disaster. The advisers can answer questions about protecting homes from future disaster-related damage and offer tips to build hazard-resistant homes.

2017-02-10 19:49 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Free legal assistance is available beginning Monday, Feb. 13 to survivors of the January severe storms and tornadoes who need help with home repair contracts, counseling on landlord-tenant issues or assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims.Survivors who can’t afford to hire a lawyer for their disaster-related legal issues will be matched with Mississippi lawyers who have volunteered to provide free in-person legal help Monday, Feb. 13. Additional in-person legal service hours are planned for Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Friday, Feb. 17 at:

2017-02-10 19:42 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Rebuilding or repairing property damaged from the recent severe storms?  Residents in the Purvis area can get advice on building safer and smarter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Mitigation specialists from FEMA will be at Pylant’s Ace Hardware store in Purvis to offer information on rebuilding after a disaster. The advisers can answer questions about protecting homes from future disaster-related damage and offer tips to build hazard-resistant homes.

2017-02-09 23:25 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Survivors have until 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 to visit the disaster recovery center in Purvis.  The center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 10. On Saturday, Feb. 11, the center’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the center’s final day.  Anyone who needs reasonable accommodations when visiting the centers may request them by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.

2017-02-09 22:37 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – In the aftermath of a disaster, misconceptions about disaster assistance can often prevent survivors from applying for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration. A good rule of thumb: register, even if you’re unsure whether you’ll be eligible for assistance.

2017-02-09 13:21 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss.--The disaster recovery centers open in Hattiesburg and Petal in Forrest County are changing their hours of operation, effective Monday, Feb. 13.The centers remain open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 10. On Saturday, Feb. 11, the centers’ hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Beginning Feb. 13, the centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday until further notice. The centers will be closed on Sundays.

2017-02-08 20:47 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss.--Rebuilding or repairing property damaged from the recent severe storms?  Residents in the Hattiesburg area can get advice on building safer and smarter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Mitigation specialists from FEMA will be at Lowe’s stores in Hattiesburg and Petal to offer information on rebuilding after a disaster. The advisers can answer questions about protecting homes from future disaster-related damage and offer tips to build hazard-resistant homes.

2017-02-07 19:22 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – If you applied for disaster assistance after the severe storms and tornados which affected Mississippi in January, you may have received a letter or other correspondence from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.The most common reason applicants are considered ineligible is the lack of an insurance document. An applicant may only need to provide FEMA with a copy of an insurance determination letter to complete the application and continue the assistance process. Other reasons for a determination of ineligibility include: