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Major disaster declaration approved for Mississippi following June tornadoes 

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Tornado damage at Moss Point High School (Photo courtesy of Jalesa Borden, MPSD)

Following a near-constant string of severe weather from June 14-19, President Joe Biden has approved Mississippi’s request for a major disaster declaration.

The move from the White House makes federal funding available to affected individuals and business owners in Jackson and Jasper counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs, according to a release from FEMA.

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain nonprofits on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes.

Those eligible are Claiborne, Copiah, Covington, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Smith, and Wayne counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

In June, Mississippi experienced a record-setting number of tornadoes with 19. To apply for federal assistance, click here or call 1-800-621-3362.

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