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National Disaster Legal Aid

Please note this page is no longer being updated as of September 2020. 

Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding 2020

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


On April 20, 2020, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Mississippi to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding on April 12, 2020. The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Covington, Jefferson Davis and Jones counties. Mississippians who sustained property damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding are urged to register with FEMA, as they may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance. People who sustained storm damage in the affected counties above can register for FEMA assistance online at or via smartphone or Web-enabled device at Applicants may also call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Applicants should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (i.e., name, permanent address and phone number), insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate the loss.

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

  • Clarke County
  • Covington County
  • Grenada County
  • Jasper County
  • Jefferson Davis County
  • Jones County
  • Lawrence County
  • Panola County
  • Walthall County

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. 



FEMA Application Deadline June 15, 2020
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Letter  Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter

Key resources for those impacted by the Severe Weather

Government Disaster Relief Benefits

  • Residents and businesses affected by the storms 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 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 Updates 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, 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 storm survivors through the Disaster Relief Hotline:  1-877-691-6185.
    • This hotline will operate during normal business hours, 9 :00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Callers can leave a voicemail outside of normal business hours. When connected to the hotline, callers should provide their name, phone number, brief details of the assistance needed and what county they live.
    • Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Mississippi lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal assistance. Please see the press release  for more information.
  • Other Legal Help 

Other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster

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General safety and shelter resources