Portions of Mississippi Declared Federal Disasters

Jackson, Miss.

Seven counties in Mississippi have been declared federal disaster areas following devastation from severe storms and tornadoes that swept through the state beginning April 28.

Gov. Phil Bryant requested the expedited declaration from the president Tuesday.

“We have experienced tragic loss of life as a result of these storms and tornadoes, and many Mississippians have lost their homes and all that they own,” said Bryant. “This assistance will help Mississippi do what it does best, rebuild and rebound in the face of adversity.”

The following counties are eligible for the Individual Assistance Program: Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne, and Winston.

Individual Assistance is aid provided to individuals and households and can include housing assistance, unemployment assistance, and money to replace damaged or destroyed belongings.

The same counties are also eligible for certain types of aid through FEMA’s Public Assistance program. FEMA’s Public Assistance program administers aid to state and local governments and certain non-profit organizations. Through this program, costs incurred since April 28 by the eligible counties, governments and non-profits could be reimbursed by FEMA through its 75 percent cost-sharing program.