Winston County among counties eligble for disaster assistance

From press reports

ATLANTA – Fourteen additional Mississippi counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians have been designated for federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Isaac.

The counties added to the declaration are: Adams, Claiborne, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Warren and Winston. This brings the total to 48 counties included in the Mississippi disaster declaration.

State, tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations are eligible to be reimbursed on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program, at 75 percent federal funding.

A disaster declaration was initially issued Aug. 29 and included public assistance for 48 counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, which experienced damage or losses from Hurricane Isaac. Individual Assistance was added to the disaster declaration on Saturday.

FEMA Region IV continues to work with its state and federal partners to respond to and assess the impacts from Isaac.

FEMA’s mission is to support the citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation all work together to build, sustain, and improve the capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.