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Federal Disaster Aid Tops $17.3 Million

JACKSON, Miss. – Federal assistance approved for disaster survivors in 12 Mississippi counties has reached more than $17.3 million.

Here is a summary through Sunday, June 22, of all federal assistance to individuals and households in the 12 counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance. The severe storms, tornadoes and flooding occurred from April 28 through May 3, 2014.

More than $17.3 million in total federal disaster assistance has been approved by FEMA and SBA.

More than $12.2 million in low-interest disaster loans has been approved by SBA for 188 homeowners, renters and businesses.

More than $5 million in FEMA Individual Assistance grants has been approved to help Mississippi disaster survivors recover, including:

More than $3.7 million approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs.

More than $1.3 million approved to help cover other essential disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses and household possessions. Included is approval of assistance with funeral expenses for nine disaster-related deaths. Other funeral expense requests are pending.

Nearly 5,200 people have contacted FEMA for help or information regarding disaster assistance.
In addition to FEMA grants for individuals and families, other forms of disaster assistance are provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration and other partner agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

FEMA refers some survivors to those agencies.

All businesses that contact FEMA also are referred to the SBA.

Others may be interested in other programs such as disaster unemployment assistance and disaster legal services.
2,815 home inspections completed.

More than 4,700 visits to disaster recovery centers by people affected by the disaster.

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance crews have visited 12, 055 dwellings and assisted 8,061 survivors.
More than 4,000 people have received advice from Mitigation Specialists on rebuilding safer and stronger.
Monday, June 30, 2014, is the deadline to register with FEMA for individual assistance and submit an SBA disaster loan application.

Disaster survivors in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, Wayne and Winston counties may be eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.

Individuals and households in those counties can register for FEMA Individual Assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.FEMA.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY should call 800-462-7585. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (central time) and assistance is available in multiple languages. FEMA assistance does not affect benefits from other federal programs such as Social Security, SNAP or Medicaid and is not considered taxable income.

For additional information about SBA low-interest disaster loans, contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339, emailing DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or visiting sba.gov/disaster. SBA customer service representatives are available at ALL disaster recovery centers. Disaster recovery center locations can be found online at FEMA.gov/DRCLocator.

For more information on Mississippi disaster recovery, go to fema.gov/disaster/4175. Visit the MEMA site at msema.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/msemaorg.