Steve Rogers

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Assistant News Director/Assignment Editor; degree in finance and administration from Yale University; 35 years experience in journalism.

Recovery Update: FEMA Funds Near $12 Million

· In the month since the April 28 tornadoes slammed Mississippi, much has been accomplished through the coordinated efforts of local, state, voluntary, faith-based, private sector and federal partners.

· More than $11.8 million in total federal assistance has been approved for Mississippi disaster survivors.

· Disaster recovery centers began opening within 5 days. A total of 10 centers have served nearly 4,200 survivors across the affected counties.

· In less than three weeks, the National Mobile Disaster Hospital opened in Louisville – a true example of a whole-community response effort that involved the private sector, volunteers, local leaders and multiple state and federal agencies.

· MEMA established a joint-housing task force to find the best solutions for each community to address housing.

· Through the collaborative efforts of local governments, MEMA, volunteer groups, private sector entities, HUD, SBA and FEMA, debris is being cleared, repairs are being made, and temporary housing is being installed in areas with few or no available rental resources to allow survivors to remain in their communities as they rebuild their homes.

FEMA applicant letters not the end of the line

Some survivors who registered with FEMA may receive letters or other correspondence saying they’re ineligible for federal help.

· It’s important for survivors to carefully read letters and other information provided by FEMA because they include explanations of what steps need to be taken to have the status of their request for assistance reconsidered.

· FEMA cannot duplicate assistance that comes from insurance benefits or other government sources, but the initial determination of ineligibility may change if private insurance or other government assistance is not enough to cover all the eligible damage.

· If ineligible because their home was insured, survivors have up to 12 months from the date they registered with FEMA to send insurance settlement documentation to FEMA for a final decision.

· If you have questions about any text messages or letters you receive from FEMA, visit a disaster recovery center or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. To locate the nearest disaster recovery center, go to FEMA.gov/DRCLocator or call the FEMA helpline.

· Today is the last day to visit the disaster recovery center on Stadium Road in Columbus and in Jones County.

The disaster recovery center located on Stadium Road in Columbus and in Jones County will be open only through 6 p.m. Friday.

Three other disaster recovery centers will remain open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.

When disaster recovery centers are closed, survivors can still get help by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585.)