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Don’t Let Misconceptions Stop You from Applying for FEMA Aid

JACKSON, Miss. – If you were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding which began in February, the last day to register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. You are eligible to apply if you live in Clay, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lowndes, Monroe, Sharkey, Warren, and Yazoo counties.

If your friends experienced damage related to last February’s storms, they may have misconceptions about federal disaster assistance and may assume they are not eligible.

Where to Go When FEMA Can’t Help

JACKSON, Miss. – More than $3.8 million in federal grants and loans has been disbursed to homeowners, renters and businesses in northern Mississippi since severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding ravaged the area last February.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded about $1.2 million in disaster assistance to individuals and households. Another $2.6 million in low-interest disaster loans has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

FEMA, SBA Still Here to Help – Even as Recovery is Winding Down

JACKSON, Miss. — Personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will remain available to Mississippi applicants who have needs not met by insurance settlements and other unmet storm- and flood-related needs.

Thursday is Last Day to Visit FEMA/MEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

JACKSON, Miss. – Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Vicksburg and Columbus will close permanently at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, but survivors will still be able to get the help they need online or on the phone. The DRCs have been operated jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Disaster Assistance Applicants Determined Ineligible Can Appeal to FEMA

JACKSON, Miss. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is doing its best to see that every Mississippi storm and flood survivor receives every dollar of assistance for which they are eligible. If you do not agree with FEMA, you can file an appeal.

An appeal is a written request to have to your FEMA eligibility determination reviewed.  Your appeal may concern the amount and type of assistance provided to you, your eligibility for disaster assistance, or your need for continuing support.

Disaster Survivors are Urged to Keep in Touch with FEMA

JACKSON, Miss. — Following any disaster, registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an important first step. Keeping your contact information current may be just as important.

That is the message federal and state officials in Mississippi are stressing to residents affected by last February’s severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding. Survivors need to stay in touch with FEMA and update their contact information as it changes.

MEMA and FEMA Urge Residents to Prepare for the Next Flood

JACKSON, Miss. — Disasters can create chaos and confusion. If you aren’t prepared when an emergency happens, you’ll be forced to make decisions in circumstances that could further compromise your safety, and that of your family and loved ones.

It doesn’t matter if the emergency is a flood, a tornado, extreme heat or a power shutdown. Preparing yourself today means being protected from tomorrow’s disaster; the more prepared, the better.

FEMA Extends Incident Period for February Storms and Flooding

JACKSON, Miss. —Federal disaster assistance could soon start flowing to aid more Mississippi residents impacted by last February’s storms and flooding.

The official incident event was for the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding which occurred in February.  Due to the continuing effects of the flood following those storms, the “incident period” was amended to Feb. 22 to Aug. 23, 2019. The major disaster declaration, signed by President Trump on April 23, initially designated Feb. 22 to March 29 as the “incident period,” for disaster DR-4429-MS.

Tuesday, Nov. 19 is Last Day to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

JACKSON, Miss. —  Mississippi survivors of this year’s severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding have until Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 to apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

FEMA disaster assistance may be available to homeowners and renters with storm- and flood-damaged property in Clay, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lowndes, Monroe, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties.

FEMA/MEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Set Closing Date, Change Hours.

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi’s two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will close permanently at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, but survivors will still be able to get the help they need online or on the phone.