Deadline to Apply for Ida Assistance Ends Today, but Processing Continues

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The deadline to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance following Hurricane Ida ends today, December 22, 2021. However, residents who have already applied for FEMA Individual Assistance have 18 months from the disaster declaration date (October 22, 2021) to submit paperwork supporting their FEMA assistance application.

Mississippi homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofits in Amite, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson counties who had property damage or other uninsured losses caused by Hurricane Ida can apply for federal disaster assistance.

If you live in one of the eight counties included in the Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance, you can apply for help, update your contact information, ask questions about a letter from FEMA, get information about FEMA home inspections, or learn how to appeal a FEMA decision by:

  • Visiting, calling 800-621-3362. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are on duty seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST.

You should have the following information available to apply:

  • Address of the primary dwelling where damage occurred;
  • Your current mailing address, telephone number and Social Security number;
  • Your insurance information;
  • Total annual household annual income;
  • Routing and account numbers for checking or savings accounts for direct deposit; and
  • A description of disaster damage and losses.

For residents who disagree with their FEMA determination, an appeal must be postmarked within 60 days of the date on the award or denial letter from FEMA.