Relief available for natural disaster victims

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Locals that sustained damage from tornadoes and flooding due to severe storms in late April and early May can receive additional relief.

FEMA and the Small Business Association are working together to help natural disaster victims with unexpected expenses that insurance may not cover. These uncovered expenses include relocation due to house damage or additional living expenses. Both companies want to remind people to not wait until it's too late.

"People put things off and then something happens and they don't get it done. Lord knows i have done that in my life and i know when you are recovering from a disaster you've got a lot on your mind anyway," said Kurt Pickering, FEMA spokesman.

If existing or future insurance settlements fall short, it is important to know the options, according to Pickering. FEMA and The Small Business Association can help home owners, renters, non-profit organizations and businesses with various low interest loans and grants.

"Two hundred thousand dollars to repair or replace their damaged primary residence. Plus up to an additional forty thousand dollars for personal property," said Michael Peacock, SBA Spokesman.

When applying please remember to have your social security number and insurance policy handy. The application deadline to register is Monday, June 30, and can be found online at or 1-800-621-FEMA.