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More Than 600 Register For Assistance Because Of Gustav

PEARL, MS - At least 625 people in three Mississippi Counties have already registered for federal Individual Assistance for Hurricane Gustav.

Residents of Hancock, Harrison and Washington counties are eligible to receive Individual Assistance, which includes temporary housing aid, grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

MEMA announced Monday that disaster food stamps were part of the available assistance, but that is not the case.

Individual Assistance was added to the disaster declaration on Friday, Sept. 26 after President Bush reviewed damage assessments. Of those who've applied for assistance, 70 are from Harrison, 96 are from Hancock and 105 are from Washington County.

A disaster declaration was initially issued on Sept. 22 and included Public Assistance for 20 Mississippi counties that experienced damage or losses from Hurricane Gustav between Aug. 28 and Sept. 8.

People may apply for assistance online at www.fema.gov or by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362 ). Those with a speech or hearing impairment should call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Telephone numbers and online registration services are available 24 hours a day, every day, until further notice.

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