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Grants for cleanup costs now available to Jackson and Jasper county tornado victims

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be able to provide one-time financial assistance for cleaning costs for eligible residents of Jackson and Jasper counties whose homes were damaged by the June tornadoes.

Homeowners and renters who apply to FEMA may qualify for cleaning and sanitizing assistance if their home was damaged, but is still safe to live in, based on a FEMA inspection.

For renters, the federal agency could provide financial aid if an inspection noted that cleaning was necessary or already done.

FEMA may also be able to compensate cleaning costs if the damage to a home was not covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy.

If an applicant has already cleaned and sanitized their home, they may be reimbursed if they saved receipts from any supplies, materials, or paid help.

To apply, or for more information, homeowners and renters in Jackson and Jasper counties can:

  • Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Call the FEMA helpline at (800) 621-3362 (open 24 hours daily with language translation available).
  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. Find the closest center by texting “DRC” and your ZIP Code to 43362.

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