Sunday, May 18, 2014

Latest Updates From FEMA - Info /Statistics/Contacts

  • Anyone who sustained damage to their vehicle in any of the 12 federally-designated Mississippi counties, even if they do not live there, may be eligible for help to repair or replace their vehicle. But they must first register with FEMA.

  • To be eligible for federal disaster assistance, you must register with FEMA. Registering with state, local or voluntary agencies such as the American Red Cross does not qualify you for assistance from FEMA or SBA.

  • FEMA assistance does not affect benefits from other federal programs such as Social Security, SNAP or Medicaid and is not considered taxable income.

  • If you have insurance, be sure to file your claim and go ahead and register with FEMA. FEMA cannot provide assistance which is available from another source, including insurance, but FEMA may be able to assist with losses not covered by insurance. You must submit your insurance settlement documentation to FEMA to qualify.

  • 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. Applicants who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability can call TTY 800-462-7585. To locate the nearest disaster recovery center, go or call the FEMA helpline. (*See TP 013 for more on text messages from FEMA)

Recovery numbers

  • More than $7.5 million in total federal disaster assistance has been approved by FEMA and SBA.
  • Nearly $3.7 million in FEMA Individual Assistance grants has been approved to help Mississippi disaster survivors recover, including: 
    • Nearly $2.8 million approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs.
    • More than $882,000 approved to help cover other essential disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
  • Nearly $3.9 million in low-interest disaster loans has been approved by SBA for renters and homeowners.
  • More than 4,000 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 are also referred to the SBA.
    • Others may be interested in other programs such as disaster unemployment assistance and disaster legal services.
  • 1,839 (87 percent) home inspections completed.
  • Nearly 3,200 visits to disaster recovery centers by people affected by the disaster.
  • disaster recovery centers are open across the affected areas.


  • We’re working with our local, state, voluntary, federal and private sector partners to identify immediate and long-term housing needs and develop solutions.

  • FEMA Individual Assistance is calling applicants in designated counties after they register with FEMA to assess their housing situations and identify any immediate needs.

  • The primary focus at this time is to help get survivors back into their homes or into safe, sanitary and secure temporary housing as close to their homes, jobs and schools as possible.  

  • We’re working to identify survivors who can move back into their homes with emergency repairs and connect with them with volunteer construction groups who can complete those repairs.

    • In Winston County: A donations warehouse and volunteer reception center has been set up at the Winston County Coliseum, 201 Ivy Ave. in Louisville. Those wishing to volunteer are asked to register at the reception center.
    • UPDATE: The Donations center will cease operations on Monday, May 19- Those wishing to volunteer should still come to the Coliseum
    • In Lee County: The volunteer reception center has moved to All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Jefferson Street in Tupelo. For more information, call     662- 842-9133 or visit

Register with FEMA

  • If you sustained damage from the April 28 to May 3 storms in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, Wayne and Winston counties, you may apply for federal disaster assistance.
  • To start the process, register with FEMA by one of the following methods:
o   Register online at
o   Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362).
o   If you are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585.
§  Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (central time) and assistance is available in multiple languages.
Register with a smartphone or tablet at or get the FEMA app.

Disaster Recovery Center Schedule Changes Begin Saturday, May 17

Beginning Saturday, May 17th hours will change for the DRC’s. Survivors may visit any center for assistance. The new schedules are:

Itawamba County:
265 Tishtontee Dr., Mantachie, Miss.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

Lee County:
320 Court St., Tupelo, Miss.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Lowndes County:
222 Lawrence Dr. and 381 Stadium Rd., Columbus, Miss.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

Winston County:
826 S. Church St., Louisville, Miss.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

SBA low-interest disaster loans are part of the process

After registering with FEMA, the SBA may contact applicants about low-interest disaster loan options. It is very important to complete the forms and return them to SBA.
  • After being contacted by SBA, survivors should complete and submit an application in order to continue the federal assistance process. It is part of the FEMA grant process and can pave the way for additional disaster assistance.
  • SBA can offer loans to help homeowners, renters and businesses cover immediate repair, rebuild and replacement expenses until insurance is settled.
If you have questions, visit the nearest disaster recovery center, call the SBA customer service center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339) or send an email to