FEMA lends a hand to flood victims

FEMA lends a hand to flood victims
FEMA lends a hand to flood victims. Photo credit WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Following the recent flooding, many residents in South Mississippi have been looking for assistance.

FEMA has stepped in with over $2.5 million in relief money given so far, but many people are unaware of the actual process.

"Any individuals in the designated counties that need assistance can ask FEMA for assistance," said Kristin Sealund with FEMA Corps.

Gladys Lopez with FEMA explained the importance of asking for assistance.

"It's important for them to register because that's the only way they're going to receive assistance. Once they register, an inspector will come in and review the damages, unless they cannot be reached. Then an inspector will come by and review the damage."

Doni Lor with the Disaster Survivor Assistance Team stressed how important it is for him to help out.

"It feels good to help out the people who may not know about the process," Lor said.

Officials also urge people that if they have flood damage, clean up immediately if possible. The water could cause mold to spread and that can become a health hazard.

To register for disaster assistance or to get information about your application, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA(3362). Information is also available by going to www.disasterassistance.gov