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4 Mississippi counties declared federal disaster areas, Gov. Bryant thanks President Trump

PINE BELT, Miss. - This is a press release from Governor Phil Bryant's office.

Gov. Phil Bryant announced that President Donald Trump declared Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale and Perry counties federal disaster areas this afternoon from severe storms and tornadoes that hit Mississippi Jan. 21.

“I would like to thank President Trump’s administration for its exceptionally quick response to our Mississippians in need,” Gov. Bryant said.

“With more than 500 homes either destroyed or having suffered major damage, this federal assistance is critical to help these counties recover. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with the four people killed, those injured and everyone who is faced with the task of rebuilding.”

Approved in this disaster declaration are:

  • Individual Assistance- Grants to individuals and households.

  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (Statewide).

Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams made up of MEMA, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration and local officials are surveying additional damages to be considered for additional federal disaster assistance.

Anyone with damages in these counties may apply by going to or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The speech or hearing impaired may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.

Information about Disaster Recovery Centers opening in the declared counties will be released as soon as it becomes available, but please do not wait to register for assistance either online or by phone.



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