Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Hancock County

Pearl, Miss. –The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and FEMA have opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Hancock County to help survivors affected by the April 8-11, 2024, severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding.

The center is located at: Hancock County (Kiln) Tax Collector’s Office & Storm Preparedness Center (look for the FEMA and MEMA signage) 18335 Highway 603, Kiln, MS 39556.

In addition, the following recovery centers are already open:

  • Hinds County: Smith-Wills Stadium parking lot (look for the FEMA and MEMA signage) 1200 Cool Papa Bell Drive Jackson, MS 39216
  • Hinds County: Hinds County Public Works Department parking lot (look for the FEMA and MEMA signage) 10000 I-20 Frontage Road Bolton, MS 39041
  • Humphreys County: Humphreys County Multipurpose Building (look for the FEMA and MEMA signage across the street from Willard Jack Trucking) 417 Silver City Road Belzoni, MS 39038
  • Madison County: Karl M. Banks Emergency Services Complex (look for the FEMA and MEMA signage) 1633 West Peace St. Canton, MS 39046
  • Neshoba County: Dixon Volunteer Fire Department (look for the FEMA and MEMA signage) 14800 Highway 21 South Philadelphia, MS 39350
  • Scott County: The Usry Voting Precinct, District 2 Building (look for the FEMA and MEMA signage) 5335 Old Highway 80 Forest, MS 39074


Centers are open:

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Monday through Friday

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The center is closed on Sunday.

To find the location of all open centers, visit fema.gov/drc

To apply for assistance, you must bring the following:

  • Social Security Number
  • Insurance Information
  • Damage Information
  • Financial Information
  • Contact Information
  • Direct Deposit Information


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also has a center in Hinds and Humphreys counties open to assist Mississippi businesses with losses due to severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred on April 8-11.

Walk-ins are accepted, but you can schedule an in-person appointment at an SBA Disaster Recovery Center in advance. The Center will operate as indicated below.


  • Hinds-Hinds County Chamber Building 201 South President Street Jackson, MS 39201
  • Humphreys-Louise Volunteer Fire Department Lousie Volunteer Fire Department 84 Gum Street Louise, MS 39097


Hours:         Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed:       Saturday and Sunday



It is not necessary to visit a center to apply for assistance. Survivors can apply for FEMA assistance by going online to DisasterAssistance.gov, downloading the FEMA mobile app, or calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use video relay service, captioned telephone service, or others, give FEMA your number for that service. For the latest information on recovery from the April tornadoes, visit msema.org and www.fema.gov/disaster/4790. On X/Twitter follow MEMA @MSEMA and FEMA Region 4 @femaregion4.