March 24, 2023, Severe Weather Update #18

Pearl, Miss. – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, FEMA, and multiple state and local partners continue to respond to the March 24, 2023, tornadoes (DR-4697-MS).

Key Messages:

  • The May 25 deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is one week away.
  • The May 25 deadline to apply for SBA assistance is approaching.
  • Updated Disaster Recovery Center operating hours.
  • FEMA/SBA assistance numbers.
  • How to Appeal a FEMA denial.
  • Additional Housing Information.

May 25, 2023, DEADLINE to Apply for FEMA ASSISTANCE


Or Call: 800-621-3362


Disaster Recovery Center Locations:

Humphreys County: Humphreys County Library, 105 Hayden Street, Belzoni, MS 39038

Monroe County: Justice Court Building, 1619 Highway 25, Amory, MS 38821

Montgomery County: Montgomery County Coliseum, 200 Recreation Dr., Winona, MS 38967 *

Panola County: MS State University Extension Center, 245 Eureka St., Suite C, Batesville, MS 38606

Sharkey County: Heritage Manor, 431 West Race Street, Rolling Fork, MS 39159


Disaster Recovery Center operating hours are:

Monday thru Friday – 8 AM until 5 PM

Saturday – 9 AM to 2 PM

Sunday – CLOSED


*The Montgomery County Disaster Recovery Center at the Montgomery County Coliseum will operate from 1 PM – 6 PM on Saturday, May 20. This is due to the facility preparing and holding graduation on Saturday from 10 AM to 12 PM.


FEMA/SBA Assistance numbers:

  • FEMA: 7,500 survivors have registered for FEMA assistance.
  • FEMA: More than $9.5 million in FEMA assistance in the hands of eligible survivors.
  • SBA: Over $14.8 million in SBA home and business loans approved.


Small Business Administration:

  • Businesses and residents of Mississippi with damage from the severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes on March 24-25 can apply to the federal disaster loan program before the May 25 deadline. Survivors can apply online at:



IMPORTANT NOTE FOR FEMA APPLICANTS: FEMA may refer applicants to apply for assistance through the SBA. We ask applicants to continue the application process. Applicants may be eligible for additional benefits through FEMA by applying for an SBA Loan.


The Mississippi Disaster Housing Task Force continues to assess the housing needs of the affected areas and help survivors find suitable interim housing solutions.

More information can be found here: Mississippi Disaster Housing Task Force – MEMA (