TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Homeowners, renters and business owners in Lee County and Tupelo affected by the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
They may be eligible for disaster assistance.
Individuals and business owners can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov.
Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. For those using Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week.
Multilingual operators are available.
C-Spire wireless customers can register by calling #362.
Tupelo / Lee County’s FEMA Disaster Response Center will open 8 a.m. Sunday at 320 Court Street (the old Tupelo Water & Light collections office), for those preferring to speak to someone in person.
We're also told a center will open in Mantachie at the community center on Monday.
There will be other agencies available for assistance information there as well.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may also be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance.
Lee County and Tupelo residents should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.