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Federal disaster recovery center opens in Madison County

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The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have opened a sixth disaster recovery center following a severe bout of weather that hit the state from April 8-11.

The center in Madison County is located at the Karl M. Banks Emergency Services Complex at 1633 West Peace Street in Canton. State and and federal officials will be on-site to help survivors apply for federal assistance, check the status of their applications, and provide referrals to resources. Regular hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Other disaster recovery centers open across Mississippi include:

Hinds County
Smith-Wills Stadium parking lot
1200 Cool Papa Bell Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

Hinds County
Cleon McKnight Tennis Center parking lot at Hinds Community College
605 Hinds Blvd.
Raymond, MS 39154

Humphreys County
Humphreys County Multipurpose Building
417 Silver City Road
Belzoni, MS 39038

Neshoba County
Dixon Volunteer Fire Department
14800 Highway 21 South
Philadelphia, MS 39350

Scott County
The Usry Voting Precinct, District 2 Building (look for the FEMA and MEMA signage)
5335 Old Highway 80
Forest, MS 39074

MEMA officials noted that the Hinds Community College disaster recovery center will close on Tuesday, June 25 but reopen in a different location to serve more residents of Hinds County. Hours for the Hinds, Humphreys, and Neshoba County locations are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

To apply for assistance, the following is required:

  • Social Security number
  • Insurance information
  • Damage information
  • Financial information
  • Contact information
  • Direct deposit information

MEMA and FEMA encourage residents who would prefer to apply for assistance online to visit, the FEMA mobile app, or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.

Per the most recent damage report from the April 8-11 severe weather, 13 tornadoes were confirmed with hundreds of homes and buildings damaged. Survivors in Hancock County are also eligible for federal assistance, with a disaster recovery center expected to open soon. According to FEMA, over $1 million has already been approved in federal assistance for impacted Mississippians.

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