The damage caused by Hurricane Gustav has convinced the Federal Emergency Management Agency to declare parts of Mississippi a disaster zone.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Womack said that he was notified of the decision Monday afternoon.
Twenty counties are eligible for the public assistance program.
Residents in these counties are eligible for aid:
Workers said that the public assistance program allows governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to be reimbursed for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.
Woman said he’s work on getting Hancock, Harrison and Washington counties added to the individual assistance program.
That would allow disaster victims to apply for federal grants to help repair or replace their damaged home, or grants to help with other needs as a result of the disaster.