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Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, And Flooding (DR-4536)

Incident Period: April 12, 2020
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 16, 2020

Individual Assistance Applications
Approved: 1,046

Total Individual & Households Program
Dollars Approved: $6,299,395.52

Total Public Assistance Grants
Dollars Obligated: $317,797.51

Designated Counties (Individual Assistance):

Clarke, Covington, Grenada, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Panola, Walthall

Additonal Resources

For local resources, visit www.msema.org
Visit www.ready.gov for resources to help prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.

Stay in Touch

The deadline to register was June 15, but we urge survivors in Clarke, Covington, Grenada, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Panola and Walthall counties to stay in touch. Make sure your contact information is up to date by continuing to check on your registration status.

3 Ways to Check-In:

  • Online: DisasterAssistance.gov
  • By Phone: 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators available. 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time, daily.
  • On the FEMA App

Remember to:

  • Upload critical documentation
  • Check the status of the application and inspection
  • Update personal information, such as current mailing address and phone number
  • Securely view messages from FEMA

If you need to submit documents, either upload or fax to 800-827-8112 (be sure to include the registration number prominently on the cover page) or mail them to:

FEMA – Individuals & Households Program
National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

Remote Inspections

Due to the COVID-19 nationwide emergency and the need to protect the safety and health of all Americans; FEMA will conduct remote home inspections for disaster survivors until further notice.

What to Expect After Applying for FEMA Assistance

  • FEMA is fully committed to a whole of America response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the health and safety of the American people. Social distancing and eliminating unnecessary contact are key to help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe.
  • A remote inspection will be the primary form of inspection for applicants who are still pending an inspection.

Remote Inspection Process

  • Disaster survivors who applied and reported that they may not or cannot live at home due to damage will be contacted by FEMA to schedule a remote inspection.
  • FEMA inspectors will call applicants by phone. Applicants will answer questions about the type and extent of damage sustained.
  • Based on responses from the applicant and existing eligibility criteria, awards will be generated for Rental Assistance, Home Repair Assistance, Replacement Assistance, Other Needs Assistance (ONA) for Personal Property Assistance, and Assistance for Miscellaneous Items based on existing line items.
  • This interim policy will help protect the health and safety of the American people while also ensuring that eligible disaster survivors receive assistance from FEMA.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Business owners, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may be eligible for low- interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other services.

Apply for a low-interest disaster loan online at sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

For more information on SBA disaster assistance:

After you apply for disaster assistance from FEMA, you may be referred to SBA. If you receive an SBA disaster loan application, fill it out and return it. If your application is approved, you are not obligated to accept the loan. But failure to return the application may disqualify you from other possible FEMA assistance, such as disaster-related car repairs, clothing, household items and other expenses.

Beware of Fraud and Scams

When a disaster strikes, unscrupulous people may try to take advantage of survivors by posing as official disaster aid workers or even as relatives trying to help survivors complete their applications.

Survivors should keep in mind:

  • Federal and state workers never ask for or accept money
  • There is NO FEE required to apply for or to get disaster assistance from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration or the state
  • Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail or email, text or in person

As home inspections have become remote, this may attract attention from scam artists as well. Remember these two important points:

  • FEMA Housing Inspectors will never ask for your nine-digit registration number. They already have it in their records.
  • FEMA Housing Inspectors will never require you to provide your banking or other personal information such as a Social Security number.

Price Gouging:

Price gouging occurs when a supplier marks up the price of an item more than is justified by his actual costs. Survivors are particularly susceptible because their needs are immediate and have few alternatives to choose from. If you find price gouging, contact your State's Office of the Attorney General.

Dealing with Contractors:

Survivors should take steps to protect themselves and avoid fraud when hiring contractors to clean property, remove debris or make repairs.

Simple rules to avoid becoming a victim of fraud:

  • Use licensed or verified local contractors backed by reliable references.
  • Do not pay more than half the costs of repairs in advance.
  • Demand that contractors detail the job to be done with guarantees in writing.

Charitable Giving Scams:

Donating money or supplies to the relief effort is another way to help survivors. Be alert to scams during an emergency. Learn more about donating.

Reporting Fraud:

To report suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists or identity thieves, you may contact:

Mississippi Office of the State Auditor Office

Toll-free: 800-880-5920

Phone: 601-576-4162

Fax: 601-576-4161

Mailing address: ATTN: Office of Program Integrity. 550 High Street, Suite 1000. Jackson, MS 39201

National Center for Disaster Fraud

Hotline: 866-720-5721

Email: disaster@leo.gov

FEMA Helpline: 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585)

Local Law Enforcement

Replacing Lost or Damaged Documents After a Disaster

Recent tornadoes, high winds and severe storms may have resulted in the loss of important documents. Below are some state resources to help you reclaim your documents.

Keep in mind that if you must visit a location or office, they may be closed temporarily due to the COVID-19.

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card
For replacements call 866-512-5087 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bank Checks, ATM/Debit Cards*, or Safe Deposit Boxes
Contact your financial institution or get contact information from the FDIC for by calling 877-275-3342 or going to fdic.gov.

*NOTE: If you do not remember all the credit cards you had, obtain a credit report from any of the three major credit bureaus.

Insurance Policies
Call your insurance company or agent and ask for a copy of your policy, including the declaration page.

Birth and Death Certificates
On-line at msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/31,0,109.html, by phone 877-295-4229 or send an e-mail to VRInfo@HealthyMS.com

Real Estate Deeds
Deeds are with the Chancery Clerk in the county where your property is located. You must visit this office to replace these documents and pay a nominal fee. Some counties have property records available online at Deeds.com

Driver Licenses
ms.gov/dps/license_renewal/Duplicate
To order a duplicate on-line the license you lost must be a current driver’s license and you must have a debit or credit card.

Credit Reports
Equifax, Experian or TransUnion call 877-322-8228 or visit annualcreditreport.com

Social Security Cards
Call 800-772-1213 or visit ssa.gov

Fraud Alerts or a Credit Freezes
Call the identity theft helpline at 877-382-4357 or contact the FTC at ftc.gov

Medicare Cards
Contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or socialsecurity.gov/medicarecard/

Passports
Contact the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, Consular at 877-487-2778 or travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html

U.S. Savings Bonds
Contact the U.S. Department of Treasury at 844-284-2676 or treasurydirect.gov

Green Cards
Go to uscis.gov and complete the Form I-90, application to replace a permanent resident card, and file it online or by mail.

Federal Tax Returns for 2019
(Due to COVID-19, the deadline for filing both federal and state returns is July 15th)
Phone: 800-829-1040
Websites: (federal) irs.gov/uac/About-Form-4506T; (state) dor.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Military Records
Call 866-272-6272 or visit archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records

News

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Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

$6,299,395.52

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

$5,187,858.10

Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved*

$1,111,537.42

Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved*

1,046

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved*

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

$317,797.51

Total Public Assistance Grants (PA) - 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.

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Last Updated: 2020-04-17 04:00