President Joe Biden has declared the tornadoes that cut through Mississippi Friday night as a major disaster, which means federal funding is now available to those affected in Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey counties.
Federal assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, as well as other programs aimed to help individuals and business owners recover from the deadly storms.
Funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis.
Governor Tate Reeves went to Twitter to publicly thank Biden for his quick response Sunday morning:
Thank you to our entire federal delegation for the support and to President Biden for recognizing the scale of the damage in Mississippi and quickly approving our disaster declaration—a critical step in disaster response.
Respond, Recover, Rebuild together. That is the mission.
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 26, 2023
The death toll in Mississippi currently stands at 25 with dozens still injured. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance online, by calling 800-621-3362, or by using the FEMA app.
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