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Two weeks remaining for March storm victims to apply for federal assistance

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There are just two weeks remaining for Mississippi homeowners and renters impacted by the late March severe storms to apply for federal assistance. The deadline is Thursday, May 25.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance for individuals affected by the March storms may cover rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses, and other disaster-related needs. FEMA grants do not have to be repaid.

Assistance is non-taxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, or other benefits.

Homeowners and renters in Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, Montgomery, Panola, and Sharkey counties can apply for assistance in the following ways:

  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. The helpline is open and help is available from 6 a.m. to midnight Central Time daily in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone, or other service, give FEMA your number for that service.
  • Go online to Visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).
  • To find a center closest to you, go online to: Download the free FEMA mobile app for smartphones.

Disaster assistance is not a substitute for insurance and cannot compensate for all losses caused by a disaster. The assistance is intended to meet basic needs and supplement disaster recovery efforts.

The May 25 deadline also applies to applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained from the SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 (for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services) or by email.

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