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.
Today, my request for Individual and Public Assistance for counties affected by the June 14-19 storms was approved by the White House. Mississippi experienced a record-setting number of tornadoes for June 2023, with 19 tornados in total.
Sixteen counties were approved for Public…
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) August 12, 2023
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.