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2017-02-07 16:12 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The state of Mississippi, local governments and certain private nonprofits in three Mississippi counties are now eligible to receive federal assistance to help cover emergency expenses and repair damage associated with the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred Jan. 20-21, 2017, according to state and federal officials.The Federal Emergency Management Agency said an amendment to the disaster declaration of Jan. 25, authorizes the Public Assistance grant program for Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties.

2017-02-06 20:35 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – More than $2.1 million in state and federal disaster assistance has been disbursed to help those affected by the storms and flooding in Mississippi that began Jan. 21, 2017.

2017-02-03 19:18 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — If you register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the January storms and tornadoes and are referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration, it’s important to submit an SBA disaster loan application to ensure that the federal disaster recovery process continues.

2017-02-02 22:34 - 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 Tractor Supply and Buck’s Bargain Center in Hattiesburg 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.

2017-02-02 17:36 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Mississippians whose homes were damaged in the January tornadoes and severe storms should beware of fake inspectors, government officials, contractors or even fake volunteers. These people may try to get personal information or collect payment from you for disaster assistance or repairs.

2017-02-01 22:40 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss.--The disaster recovery center in Lamar County is adjusting hours of operation beginning Saturday. The center, run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will close at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.The center is located at:Lamar County Community Shelter99 Central Industrial Row,Purvis, MS 39475 Hours of operation:

2017-01-31 20:24 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency have already approved more than $1 million in state and federal disaster relief funds for Mississippians recovering from the severe storms and tornadoes in Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale and Perry counties. MEMA and FEMA want to remind those receiving grant payments to spend those funds wisely. Grant money that is not used on housing repairs and other essential needs may need to be repaid, and recipients could lose eligibility for any further financial help from FEMA.

2017-01-30 21:23 - News Release

Hattiesburg, Miss.-- A disaster recovery center is open in Lauderdale County to provide assistance to survivors of the recent severe storms and tornadoes. The center will be open for four days. Recovery centers are run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency; representatives from MEMA, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, and American Red Cross are set up in the center to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with appropriate resources to assist in their recovery. 

2017-01-29 21:17 - News Release

Hattiesburg, Miss.-- A disaster recovery center will open in Perry County Monday, Jan. 30, to provide assistance to survivors of the recent severe storms and tornadoes. The center will be open for three days. Recovery centers are run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency; representatives from MEMA, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, and American Red Cross are set up in the center to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with appropriate resources to assist in their recovery. 

2017-01-28 14:01 - News Release

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- State and federal disaster survivor assistance teams are working in storm damaged neighborhoods helping Mississippians recover from the January tornadoes. Additionally, housing inspectors contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will visit with residents at their homes to review/document the damage.