PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for 26 counties to become eligible for all categories of Public Assistance was approved today. Public Assistance provides reimbursement to state, tribal and local governments, as well as certain non-profit organizations for things like debris removal and repair of damaged infrastructure. Previously 17 counties were approved for Individual Assistance grants to residents for recovery from severe storms and flooding that began March 9.
The counties granted all categories of the Public Assistance program are: Bolivar, Claiborne, Clarke, Coahoma, Covington, Forrest, Greene, Holmes, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Leake, Leflore, Lincoln, Marion, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Walthall, Washington and Wayne.
The Public Assistance categories are as follows:
- Category A: Debris Removal.
- Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
- Category C: Roads and Bridges.
- Category D: Water Control Facilities.
- Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
- Category F: Utilities.
- Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.
The Public Assistance Grant Program through FEMA is a reimbursement grant program paid to state, tribal and local governments, and certain non-profit groups. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent, and the remaining 25 percent is shared between the state and local governments at a rate of 12.5 percent respectively. Eligible non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent.
Residents in the 17 disaster designated counties for Individual Assistance can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The hearing and speech impaired can call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
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