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Updated: 6/02 11:58 am
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The deadline is approaching for Mississippi residents affected by storms from April 28 to May 3 to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Residents in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, Wayne and Winston counties have until June 30 to register with FEMA's Individual Assistance program and the SBA.

Through the program, FEMA says residents have the opportunity to apply for grants for temporary housing, home repairs, coverage for medical and dental expenses and more.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also has low-interest disaster loans available for homeowners, renters and businesses. To apply for these loans, individuals must register with FEMA first.

FEMA encourages residents to sign up for assistance even if they might not initially be eligible for aid due to having insurance. Coverage could come after insurance claims have been settled if any costs due to damages remain.

To register for FEMA assistance, fill out an application online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by smartphone or tablet at m.FEMA.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362.)

Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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