A Month after Isaac

In the month after Hurricane Issac, Mississippians have received more than $16.2 million in federal disaster assistance to help homeowners, renters and businesses recover.

Five additional were recently added to the eligibility list for Individual Assistance from FEMA. Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, Jones and Lamar counties were added to Adams, Amite, Clarke, Forrest, George, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Lincoln, Marion, Pike, Pearl River, Stone, Walthall, Warren and Wilkinson counties.

FEMA and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency released the following figures to date:

· More than 7,800 households have received FEMA grants that assist with housing, rental assistance and personal property loss due to the storm.

· Nearly $10.9 million has been approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance, home repair and replacement costs.

· More than $1.9 million has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.

· Nearly $3.5 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist homeowners, renters and businesses with the cost of repairing or replacing lost or damaged structures and personal property.

· Nearly 23,500 survivors in designated counties have contacted FEMA for help or information regarding disaster assistance from FEMA, the state and volunteer agencies.

· More than 17,700 home inspections have been completed.

· More than 8,400 people have visited 16 disaster recovery centers.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 31 to be considered for disaster assistance from FEMA and the SBA.

People may register with FEMA in any of the following methods:
1. Online at DisasterAssistance.gov. (A link is
provided below)
2. By tablet or smartphone, use the FEMA app or
go to m.fema.gov.
3. By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7
a.m. to 10 p.m. Assistance is available in
most languages. People who are deaf or hard
of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585.

Homeowners, renters and businesses may go to disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply. For more information contact SBA's Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339), or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Those who receive a disaster loan application from the SBA are urged to fill it out as soon as possible or complete the application online. It does not obligate you to accept the loan, but if you're a homeowner or renter and turned down you may be referred back to FEMA's Other Needs Assistance program for grant consideration.