Still plenty of applicants for storm aid

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The pace at Corinth’s Disaster Recovery Center has slowed after a rush early this week of new clients seeking help.
Staffs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration have served about 200 people since the center opened about 10 days ago, said FEMA supervisor Walter Alleyne.
“We’re seeing people who have lost autos, personal property, and some homeowners with physical damage to their property,” Alleyne said. “Most of them Monday were first-timers.”
The center serves all the counties declared disaster areas in May 1-2 tornadoes, storms and floods, but most clients coming into the center have been from Alcorn County.
“We had a quiet day on Saturday with only a few clients, but Monday we had an influx again,” said MEMA supervisor Loretta Robinson. “We want to emphasize to people that we’re here and want them to come on in.”
FEMA will close its temporary disaster centers in Benton and Tishomingo counties at 7 p.m. The Benton County center is in Ashland at the Volunteer Fire Department on Fourth Street, and the Tishomingo County center is at the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce on U.S. Highway 72.
The Corinth regional center is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.
Before going to the centers for in-person assistance, applicants are asked to call (800) 621-3362 or go online to www.disasterassistance.gov to register.
“MEMA is here to make sure all applicants are served and get the assistance they need,” Robinson said. “Basically this is a joint process, with FEMA and MEMA working together to help people affected by the disasters.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

Disaster assistance
– Through 7 p.m. today at Ashland Volunteer Fire Department and Burnsville Chamber of Commerce.
– At Corinth Disaster Relief Center, Crossroads Arena, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.
– People who need help can call (800) 621-3362 or go online to www.disasterassistance.gov to register before going to the disaster centers.