More Than 4,000 Register for Individual Assistance in Wake of Isaac

Pearl – Approximately 4,325 people in four Mississippi Counties have already registered for federal Individual Assistance for Hurricane Isaac.

Residents of Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River counties are eligible to receive Individual Assistance, which includes temporary housing aid, grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services announced the implementation of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to assist residents affected by Hurricane Isaac. These residents may be eligible for a one-time only benefit issuance, and must have incurred disaster related expenses as a direct result of Isaac to be eligible.

A disaster declaration was initially issued on Aug. 29 and included Public Assistance for 48 Mississippi counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, which experienced damage or losses from Hurricane Isaac. Individual Assistance was added to the disaster declaration on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Affected residents can apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech or hearing impairment should call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Telephone numbers are available every day, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CDT, until further notice. Online registration services are available 24 hours a day.

Emergency operations continue for Mississippians affected by the storm with the following updates:

Disaster Food Stamps: The Mississippi Department of Human Services announced the implementation of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to assist residents affected by Hurricane Isaac. These residents may be eligible for a one-time only benefit issuance, and must have incurred disaster related expenses as a direct result of Isaac to be eligible. Visit www.msema.org for more information.

Damage: State, federal and local partners continue to assess damage in affected counties.

Shelters: As of 4 p.m. today, four shelters in the state are open with 55 evacuees housed.

5 p.m. Update

Deaths: One death in Pearl River County and one death in Holmes County have been attributed to Isaac.

Pike County Dam: Additional pumps have arrived at the lake and are operational. Agencies on scene continue to evaluate the levels of the lake, and prepare to repair the dam.

Power Outages: As of 2 p.m. today, 979 state-wide power outages were reported to MEMA.

Additional Assistance: Residents needing services not covered by federal or state programs may call 2-1-1 Mississippi to seek additional resources.

For more information, visit us online at www.msema.org. You can also follow us on Twitter using keyword MSEMA and on Facebook under Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

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