Hattiesburg, Miss.– A disaster recovery center will open in Perry County Monday, Jan. 30, to provide assistance to survivors of the recent severe storms and tornadoes. The center will be open for three days.
Recovery centers are run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency; representatives from MEMA, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, and American Red Cross are set up in the center to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with appropriate resources to assist in their recovery.
The center is located at:
First Baptist Church (Runnelstown)
9211 Hwy. 42
Petal, MS 39465
The center will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 and Tuesday, Jan. 31, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
If possible, survivors with disaster-related losses are encouraged to register for assistance before going to a disaster recovery center by calling FEMA’s helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Survivors can also register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Survivors can visit any open disaster recovery centers. For other disaster recovery center locations download the FEMA App, call the helpline or visit fema.gov/DRC. Many of the same services at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA helpline.
Homeowners, renters and business owners can apply for low-interest disaster loans at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. SBA representatives are available at the disaster recovery centers to answer questions and help survivors complete their disaster loan applications. Questions can also be answered by calling the SBA disaster customer service center at 800-659-2955 or (TTY) 800-877-8339 for the deaf or hard of hearing, or by visiting sba.gov/disaster.