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FEMA Assistance Available For Mississippians

FEMA Assistance Available For Mississippians
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FEMA in Mississippi
Alexandra Watts

Mississippians who received damage to their homes from storms during February and March are eligible for disaster assistance. MPB’s Alexandra Watts goes door to door with federal officials in the Delta as they spread the word.

Federal disaster specialists are knocking on doors in Louise, Mississippi-- spreading the word about Temporary Housing Assistance for those who suffered damage from storms earlier this year. Keith Markley is with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The goal is to try to get the word out that we are here," Markley said. "That’s why we put flyers in every single door in hopes that if they didn’t have damage at this place, maybe they know somebody who needs some help. We also will be going around to the businesses asking them to post a flyer in the window, and try and get it out to their employees or the patrons who come in.”

More than a dozen FEMA personnel are canvassing neighborhoods in eight counties.

Cherie Brown is also with FEMA and explains what grant funding is available for residents.

“The assistance that is available to eligible applicants includes temporary rental assistance for individuals that may have had to move out of their home or for repairs or replacement of household items that they may have lost.”

The assistance also covers structural, plumbing and electrical damage for both homeowners and renters.

Residents can also call a hotline number or sign up in person in Vicksburg to see if they are eligible for funds. The last day to get in the system is November 19th.