FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             April 15, 2016

PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that residents and businesses of Tallahatchie County are now eligible to apply for federal assistance from the March flooding and severe storms. Bolivar, Clarke, Coahoma, Forrest, George, Greene, Jones, Marion, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Quitman, Sunflower, Tunica, Washington and Wayne counties were already declared eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program.

“The addition of Tallahatchie County now makes 17 areas of the state that can receive the much needed assistance to recover from the historic rainfall and flooding we endured,” said Gov. Bryant. “It is essential that those Mississippians register with FEMA and also let us know if they have additional unmet needs.”

Residents and businesses affected by the disaster in the 17 counties should apply now by going to www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired can call 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 1-800-621-3362 to register.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program helps eligible applicants with things like:

  • Temporary housing assistance.
  • Uninsured or underinsured personal property losses.
  • Medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster.
  • Other disaster-related expenses or serious needs.
  • Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to cover residential and business losses not covered by insurance.

Disaster Recovery Centers are available in the declared counties but it is important for people to register first on the phone or online before going to the centers.

For more information about recovery efforts following the March floods, go to MEMA’s website at www.msema.org. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” the agency on Facebook, or “Follow” the agency on Twitter.