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Federal disaster recovery center opens in Neshoba County

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

The center in Neshoba County is located at the Dixie Volunteer Fire Department at 14800 Highway 21 South in Philadelphia. Beginning at noon on Friday, June 21, state 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
1200 Cool Papa Bell Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

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

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

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 and Humphreys 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 DisasterAssistance.gov, 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. Other counties eligible for federal assistance include Hancock, Madison, and Scott. According to MEMA, additional disaster recovery centers could be opened in the coming days.

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