Additional counties eligible for disaster assistance

Additional counties eligible for disaster assistance

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that 11 additional counties have been added to Mississippi's most recent disaster declaration due to March flooding and severe storms. Clarke, Forrest, Greene, Jones, Marion, Panola, Perry, Quitman, Sunflower, Tunica and Wayne counties are now eligible for FEMA's Individual Assistance Program. Bolivar, Coahoma and Washington counties were declared on March 25. Additional counties could be added pending further damage assessments.

"I appreciate the quick turn-around by FEMA to add these counties to the disaster declaration," Bryant said. "We are continuing to work with local, state, federal, nonprofit and volunteer agencies to assist affected residents with any unmet needs."

FEMA's Individual Assistance Program helps eligible applicants with things like temporary housing assistance, uninsured personal property losses, medical, dental and funeral-related expenses caused by disaster and other disaster-related expenses or serious needs.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to cover residential and business losses not covered by insurance.

Disaster Recovery Centers will be available in the declared counties but it is important for people to register first on the phone or online before going to the centers.

Residents and businesses affected by the disaster in the 14 counties should apply now by going clicking here or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired can call 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 1-800-621-3362 to register.