Hurricane Zeta

Deadline to Apply for Individual Assistance for Hurricane Zeta – March 1, 2021

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) –  Governor Tate Reeves’ request for Individual and Public Assistance (FEMA-4576-DR-MS) for counties affected by Hurricane Zeta, was approved by President Trump. The storm impacted portions of Southeast Mississippi on October 28, 2020. Zeta slammed the Gulf Coast producing eight feet of storm surge and maximum wind gusts around 100 mph.

“I want to thank President Trump for approving my request for public and individual assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Zeta. Homeowners, local governments, and business owners in the declared counties can start the new year rebuilding from this storm,” says Governor Reeves.

Public Assistance was approved for the following eight counties: George, Greene, Jackson, Hancock, Harrison, Perry, Stone and Wayne. Public assistance is available to local governments and eligible private non-profit agencies to assist in the costs for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

Individual Assistance was also approved for the following six counties: George, Greene, Jackson, Hancock, Harrison and Stone. Individual assistance is available to residents in those six counties and can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals


and business owners recover from the effects of this disaster.

Residents and business owners in George, Greene, Jackson, Hancock, Harrison and Stone counties who sustained losses during Hurricane Zeta can now apply for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

Because of the pandemic, MEMA is encouraging all residents to apply online or by phone. For those without the resources to apply online, MEMA is establishing Disaster Assistance Centers for residents to apply in person. Those locations and operation hours will be announced at a later date.


Frequently Asked Questions about Individual Assistance

SBA Loans Available Due to Hurricane Zeta

Hurricane Zeta Survivor Checklist

Tips from FEMA on How to Avoid Scams/Fraud

Available Resources:

  • A Volunteer Resource Center for Hurricane Zeta is located at the Knight Nonprofit Center: 1975 Seaway Road in Gulfport to assist with unmet needs
    • Call: 228-265-7910
  • Hancock County Assistance Line: 228-364-4044
  • Harrison County Assistance Line: 228-896-2213
  • George County Emergency Operations Center: 601-947-7557
  • Greene County Emergency Operations Center: 601-394-5627
  • Stone County Emergency Operations Center: 601-928-3077
  • Jackson County Emergency Operations Center: 228-769-3111


Donations for Hurricane Zeta Relief:

  • Individuals who would like to contribute to Hurricane Zeta relief efforts can do so through the Mississippi Community Disaster Relief and Recovery fund

Reminder: Permits must be Obtained before Repairs Begin

Permits are required to repair or reconstruct structures after damages for communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. Before repair or alterations are allowed, the local Floodplain Administrator must assess the damage of the property inside the special flood hazard area.

  • After the assessment has been completed, the permit official may notify the property owners of the results and what requirements they will need to meet during repairs.