Mississippi storm survivors urged to register for disaster assistance

Storms rip through Seminary, Miss. causing damage on Monday, December 28, 2015.

Mississippi storm survivors affected by the recent severe weather are being urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to see if they qualify for disaster assistance.

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed off on a disaster declaration for five Mississippi counties, The declaration made federal funds available to those families and business affected by storms that occurred from December 23 through December 28, 2015.

These are the five counties that can receive possible assistance:  Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Quitman, and Tippah counties.

Residents can register online or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization. Registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card. Mississippi residents should register with FEMA even if they have insurance.

Applicants will be asked for the following information:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work as a result of the severe storms and flooding in Benton, Marshall, and Tippah counties.

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