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FEMA Assistance does not affect other Federal Assistance

Release date: 
May 26, 2020
Release Number: 
DR-4536-MS NR-010

Canton, MS – Persons and households in Clarke, Covington, Grenada, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Panola and Walthall counties who register with FEMA may have questions about whether funds from FEMA might cause them to lose other federal payments to which they are entitled.

Applying for federal disaster assistance from FEMA will not affect other federal benefits that Mississippi disaster survivors of the April 12 tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding may receive.

FEMA disaster grants are not taxable income. Accepting a FEMA grant will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and other federal welfare and entitlement programs.

Disaster grants help survivors pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.

Survivors can apply for disaster assistance in the following ways:

  • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Download the FEMA App to your cellphone and click on “Disaster Resources” which will lead to “Apply for Assistance Online.” Click on that button to register for assistance, to find other sources of assistance that may be available to you. If you’ve already registered, you also can check the status of your application by clicking on that button.
  • Call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open daily 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time.

When you apply, you will need your Social Security number, information on how to contact you, bank account numbers (any grant FEMA awards you will be paid by direct deposit to your bank account).

If you do not have a bank account, you will receive the award by mailed check which will take longer for you to receive. You also will be asked information about your homeowners insurance and flood insurance so be sure to have that information when applying.

The deadline to register with FEMA is June 15, 2020.

For more information on Mississippi’s recovery from the April 12 disaster, visit the disaster web page, fema.gov/disaster/4536 and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency website.

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Last Updated: 
May 26, 2020 - 09:58