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Storm Victims are Urged to Register with FEMA for Disaster Assistance

LEE COUNTY, MISS. — Homeowners, renters and business owners in Lee County and Tupelo affected by the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.

Individuals and business owners can register online at or via smartphone at

Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. For those using Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

Multilingual operators are available.

C-Spire wireless customers can register by calling #362.

Tupelo / Lee County’s FEMA Disaster Response Center will open 8 a.m. Sunday at 320 Court Street (the old Tupelo Water & Light collections office), for those preferring to speak to someone in person. There will be other agencies available for assistance information there as well.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may also be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance.

Lee County and Tupelo residents should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if a person has registered with another disaster relief organization. FEMA registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card.

Applicants need to have the following information to give to FEMA:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

Lee County and Tupelo residents are encouraged to register online or by phone today. Long lines are anticipated at the local site.