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Mississippi Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, and Flooding 2019

Mississippi Severe Storms & Flooding Recovery Information

The Disaster Legal Hotline is 1-877-691-6185.

Please note this page is no longer being updated as of January 2020.

Severe storms and weather struck areas in Mississippi between February 22 to March 29, 2019. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on April 24, 2019that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Mississippi to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas, making federal funding available for emergency work and to individuals and businesses owners who sustain damage as a result of the severe weather.  

People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:

  • Clay
  • Humphreys
  • Issaquena
  • Lowndes
  • Monroe
  • Sharkey
  • Warren
  • Yazoo

Only people in these counties can apply for FEMA benefits at this time. Additional areas may be designated later. Please check here for official updates. NoteYOU CAN APPLY UP TO 60 DAYS AFTER THE DEADLINE WITH GOOD CAUSE

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Appeal Your FEMA Decision Letter  Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter

Key resources for those impacted by Mississippi Severe Weather

Government Disaster Relief Benefits

  • Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways.  Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.

  • Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply).

  • Another option is to register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via web-enabled phone or tablet.

  • SBA Disaster Loans are available for those who qualify.

  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's Mississippi Severe Weather page.

  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for eligible applicants. For more information, you may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

  • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.

Legal Assistance and Other Resources  

  • Free legal assistance is available to survivors through the Disaster Relief Hotline: 1-877-691-6185. You may now call the hotline between 9:00am and 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. This is a collaboration between the Young Lawyers Division Disaster  Legal Services Committee of The Mississippi Bar in conjunction with FEMA, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi Center for Legal Services. Please see the press release for more information.
  • BEWARE OF FRAUDBoth FEMA and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office urge Mississippians to be aware of the risk of fraud and common scams, which include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid. If you suspect fraud, you can call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 (toll free). Complaints may also be made to local law enforcement.

  • Information to assist disaster survivors with general legal issues can also be found at https://www.mslegalservices.org/.

  • Information from the nonprofit United Policyholders about Insurance Claims and recovery.

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