It's been one month since certain areas in Jones and Wayne County were affected by severe weather. From April 28 - May 3, the National Weather Service confirmed 23 tornadoes in the state and 14 deaths. Since then, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and FEMA opened 10 disaster recovery centers to help those who needed disaster assistance.
So far, more than $4.2 million in FEMA individual assistance grants has been approved to help Mississippi disaster survivors recover. Nearly $3.2 million has been approved for housing grants, and more than $1 million has been approved to help cover essential disaster related needs such as medical and dental expenses.
Overall more than 4,600 people have contacted FEMA for help, a total of 2,411 home inspections have been completed and there have been nearly 4,000 visits to disaster recovery centers.
Aside from FEMA individual assistance, the U.S. Small Business Loan Administration has approved more than $6.6.million in low interest disaster loans for 95 homeowners and renters.
Combined together, more than $10.8 million in total federal disaster assistance has been approved by FEMA and SBA.
For those survivors who still need assistance, the Laurel DRC will remain open until 6 p.m. Friday. After that, no disaster recovery centers will be available in the Pine Belt.
Help is always available from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. seven days a week by calling the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362.
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