FEMA office opens today in Tupelo

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The Tupelo-Lee County FEMA Disaster Response Center will open at 8 a.m. today in the Tupelo Water & Light Collections office.

Home owners, renters and business owners should register with FEMA to determine their eligibility for disaster assistance such as grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or low interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Individuals and business owners can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. For those using Video Relay Services, call (800) 621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Lee County and Tupelo residents are encouraged to register online or by phone. Long lines are anticipated at the local site.

Lee County and Tupelo residents should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if a person has registered with another disaster relief organization. FEMA registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card.

• Social Security number

• Address of the damaged home or apartment

• Description of the damage

• Information about insurance coverage

• A current contact telephone number

• An address where they can receive mail

• Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds