Both FEMA and the SBA are reminding you that if you had any damage at all, or suspect any damage, you must contact them to apply by midnight. The phone number is (800) 621-FEMA or 3362. The line is only open until 10 p.m. Online applications may be submitted through FEMA's website at www.disasterassistance.gov.
FEMA says more than 26,000 Mississippians have applied for assistance. That is from FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). That agency can provide low-interest loans for physical damage.
Disaster assistance may include rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable, grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance. There are grants to replace essential personal property and to help meet medical, dental, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state or charitable aid programs.
Both MEMA and FEMA tell us it's worth it for you to apply. In the eight weeks since Hurricane Isaac, more than $23 million has been approved for assistance from both state and federal sources.
MEMA and FEMA provide the following snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of Oct. 29: ·
- Nearly 6,400 households have received FEMA grants that assist with housing and personal property loss.
- Nearly $13 million has been approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance, home repair and replacement costs.
- More than $2.4 million has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- Nearly $7.6 million in low-interest disaster loans have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist homeowners, renters and businesses.
- Nearly 20,300 home inspections have been completed.