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FEMA helps residents with disaster assistance following Isaac


Hurricane Isaac may be long gone, but the recovery process still continues for some.

FEMA arrived in the Pine Belt today, to help answer the questions of residents applying for federal disaster aid in Jones County. Setting up shop at the Jones County Emergency Operations Center, their goal is to help people through the approval process.

So far, nearly $20 million in federal aid has been approved state-wide. These funds go towards temporary housing, home repairs, and other expenses not covered by insurance.

The last day for residents to apply for federal aid is October 31st.

"A very short time after they apply, within a few days, an inspector will show up. Then a few days after that, if they are eligible, they have money in their bank account," said Marvin Davis, FEMA Public Affairs. "Really is no minimum, but we try to give them what they need to help them recover."

The Jones County EOC is located at 22 Mason Street in Laurel. Specialists from FEMA will be available until next Tuesday, from 8 am to 5pm. They will be closed over the weekend.

Residents can apply for disaster assistance by calling (800) 621-3362.

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