Clock ticking on FEMA assistance

By NEMS Daily Journal

Survivors of the severe weather that slapped the region in April have until midnight tonight (Tuesday, June 28) to apply online for federal disaster assistance.

If they register by phone, they have until 9 p.m., according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Homeowners, renters and businesses must register with FEMA and submit SBA disaster loan applications before the deadline or miss out on federal aid,” the FEMA statement said.

And many those who already applied still must provide additional data. Of the 7,000 applications filed after the spring storms, about 1,300 lack updated insurance settlement information, said FEMA spokeswoman Nicole Roberts.

The majority of incomplete applications hail from Chickasaw, Hinds and Monroe counties.

“It is so important that disaster survivors with insurance report their settlement information to FEMA,” said MEMA director Mike Womack in a press release. “FEMA cannot continue processing your application until they know how much your insurance company will pay. More than 1,300 families in Mississippi may be missing out on FEMA assistance right now because they haven’t reported their insurance settlement information.”

Online applications can be filed at www.disasterassistance.gov. Phone applications can be made at (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585.

Consumers who are having problems with their insurance company can contact the Mississippi Insurance Department Consumer Helpline at (800) 562-2957.

Disaster assistance is available in 29 designated counties: Alcorn, Attala, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, DeSoto, Greene, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette, Leflore, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Panola, Quitman, Smith, Sunflower, Tishomingo, Tunica, Webster, and Winston.