FEMA disaster recovery center now open


FORREST COUNTY, Miss. - The FEMA Disaster Recovery Forrest County center is now open for victims seeking disaster relief from the March floods.

As of Sunday, FEMA reports they have helped 2,900 households register and have disbursed just over 4.4 million in grants for this disaster.

FEMA Media Relations, Kurt Pickering said, "This is financial assistance from the federal government to people or household families who have been injured in some way by the event."

The goal is to help families before the May 24 deadline.

If you would like more information you can follow the process below:

The SBA has low-interest disaster loans and are part of the FEMA grant process. Here’s how it works:

  • After applicants register with FEMA, the SBA may contact them about low-interest disaster loan options. It is very important to complete the forms and return them to SBA.

  • After being contacted by SBA, survivors should complete and submit an application in order to continue the federal assistance process. It is part of the FEMA grant process and can pave the way for additional disaster assistance.

  • SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to help homeowners, renters and businesses.

The first and most important step of the recovery process is to register. Here’s how:

  • Call , which is video relay service accessible.

  • Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking may call (TTY) .

  • Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local timeseven days a week until further notice.

  • Or register online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

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