FEMA and MEMA work to help flood victims sign up for aid

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Updated: 10:00 am

Warren County, Miss. (WJTV) – Bonnie Reynolds has lived in the Eagle Lake area for more than ten years. Wednesday morning, after nearly eight months of flooding, she got the chance to show disaster crews pictures of the damage first hand.

Crews canvass eight counties

Mike Thompson and Milton Martin were among the first crews to head out this morning. Teams from both the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and their federal counterpart, the Federal Emergency Management Agency are canvassing the eight counties hit by catastrophic flooding. Much of that area has been totally submerged or uninhabitable since this past February.

The crews are helping homeowners and business owners fill out the disaster applications necessary to release monies already designated for aid.

While water has dropped considerably in the last month, farmers were unable to put a crop in the fields this year. And homeowners are just beginning to repair the sodden remains of their homes that sat in stagnant water for months on end.

Door to Door

The Delta is already a historically poor part of the country, without federal aid it would be nearly impossible for many to recover from these losses.

As agents head door to door, the fill out applications when they can find people at home and they leave help notices when no one’s around.

In Vicksburg, crews going door to door, will be working with people to fill out aid applications relating to damage caused by tornadoes in March.

For more information or to follow up on the status of an application, people can go to the newly opened disaster center in Vicksburg and you can call the helpline at 1-800-621-3362.

More than a dozen disaster survivor assistance (DSA) specialists will be going door-to-door in the eight Mississippi counties designated for federal individual assistance in the wake of severe flooding brought-on by storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes that devastated the region Feb. 22 – March 29.

Working in teams, the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) personnel will be canvassing neighborhoods in Clay, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lowndes, Monroe, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties. Using the latest mobile technology, the DSA specialists can register survivors for federal disaster assistance, update their records and make referrals to FEMA’s community service partners. They can quickly identify and address immediate and emerging needs.

Tune in on our social media platform tomorrow to see more how the organizations are working to assist flood survivors.

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