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Nearly 4,000 Mississippians register with FEMA

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Updated: 5/16 3:57 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Nearly 4,000 people in Mississippi have registered for disaster relief assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after tornadoes struck the state in late April.

FEMA says federal assistance for Mississippi disaster survivors has reached $7 million.

The funds have covered Individual Assistance grants for short-term rental assistance, home repair costs, medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions, as well as low-interest disaster loans with the U.S. Small Business Administration for renters and homeowners.

FEMA encourages residents in 12 Mississippi counties declared federal disaster areas to register with the agency, even if they are not sure they are eligible for coverage.

Officials say assistance to individuals is not taxable income and does not affect benefits from other federal programs such as Social Security, SNAP or Medicaid.

To apply for help, go to DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.gov on tablets or smartphones.

Citizens can also call FEMA at 800-621-3362.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY should call 800-462-7585.

FEMA says lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The deadline to register is June 30, 2014.
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