Distaster Recovery Center Opens in Lafayette County

FEMA News Release:

CLINTON, MS – A Disaster Recovery Center operated by the state of Mississippi and the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened in Lafayette County to assist individuals and businesses affected by the severe weather events of April 15-28. This DRC is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday at the Anchor Baptist Church, 1009 Hwy 7 South in Water Valley until further notice.

Before visiting a center, people with storm-related losses should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Help is available in most languages. Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Persons affected by the storms also may apply for federal assistance through a web-enabled mobile device or Smartphone. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”

Counties currently designated for assistance to individuals are: Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hinds, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette, Monroe, Neshoba and Webster. Residents who suffered storm-related losses in these counties may visit any center for assistance.

Disaster Recovery Centers are currently operating at the following locations:

Hinds County

Golden Keys Community Center

3450 Albermarle Rd.

Jackson, MS 39213


Clinton Public Works Facilities

527 Spring Ridge Rd.

Clinton, MS 39056


Greene County

Leakesville Community Ctr.

1627 Center St.

Leakesville, MS 39451


Chickasaw County

Houston Civic Center

635 Starkville Rd

Houston, MS 38851



Monroe County

Intersection of Hwy 23 & 25

Smithville, MS 38870


Jasper/Clarke Counties

Enterprise Town Hall

500 S. River Rd.

Enterprise, MS 39330


Webster/Choctaw Counties

Mathiston Public Library

298 Scott St.

Mathiston, MS 39752

Kemper County

Kemper County Sheriff Department Conference Room

330 Stennis Industrial Rd.

DeKalb, MS 39328

Lafayette County

Anchor Baptist Church

1009 Hwy 7 South

Water Valley, MS 38965

Emergency management experts from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will staff the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help storm survivors.

Individual assistance for eligible homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for rental housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. Representatives are available to explain the full range of application options available including assistance for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses.

Low-interest loans from the SBA are available for eligible applicants to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. Among the options are assistance for replacement of personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. Other help at the centers may be provided by attorneys, crisis counselors and representatives of organizations such as the American Red Cross or local volunteer agencies.


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

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.