U.S. Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) stands ready to support any request for federal assistance from the city of Jackson after the recent winter storm, so Thompson wrote to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.
In a letter dated March 3, Thompson wrote that "the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act authorizes President Biden to issue 'major disaster' or 'emergency declarations' before or after a disaster occurs' but it needs to be requested by the state or territory.
Thompson went on to write, "I understand that the state of Mississippi is still conducting damage assessments regarding the extreme weather event. It is critical that the City of Jackson work with MEMA and Hinds County to submit the preliminary damage assessments and ensure federal aid is not delayed."
Thompson wrote that after a presidential disaster declaration is issued, assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency,in partnership with federal agencies, can come several forms. In his letter, he mentioned aid to families and individuals for uninsured needs, assistance to state and local governments and aid to certain non-profits for rebuilding or replacing damaged infrastructure. He also mentioned the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which provides financial assistance for water quality improvement projects, and the Community Development Block Grant Program, which provides annual grants on a formula basis to provide suitable living environments in cities by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low-and moderate-income persons