Mississippi Tornadoes and Severe Storms (DR-1360)

Incident period: February 16, 2001 to March 15, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 23, 2001

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 3, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Advisors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation team will be touring local sites during the next week to demonstrate the effectiveness and affordability of safe rooms to protect against injury during tornadoes and windstorms.
April 2, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- State and federal disaster recovery officials advise Mississippi residents who have disaster--related damage to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. "Scam artists are often ready to seize an opportunity to capitalize on the misfortune of others," John D. Hannah, FEMA federal coordinating officer, warned. The following suggestions are offered:
March 30, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- With the deadline for registering for disaster recovery assistance approaching, state and federal officials have already approved more than $12.8 million to Mississippians who suffered damages in the February and March windstorms and tornadoes.
March 22, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- As the federal-state disaster recovery effort gains momentum, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile disaster recovery center (DRC) will begin making rounds in five additional disaster-stricken counties beginning next week. The mobile center, a satellite-equipped FEMA bus, will be used in addition to the two fixed-location DRCs in southern Mississippi, and will be available to advise residents on how to obtain aid they are eligible to receive.
March 22, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Residents of the 50 Mississippi disaster-declared counties, including the recently declared 12 southern Mississippi counties, may be eligible for federal disaster unemployment benefits if they lost their income as a direct result of the violent weather.
March 22, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Disaster assistance to Mississippi's 50 tornado-ravaged counties reached $7.9 million in the first month of federal/state recovery efforts as the number of residents applying for state and federal aid exceeded 5,000. John D. Hannah, coordinator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for this disaster, said 491 individuals and families have been approved for direct grants totaling $1,362,037 to cover uninsured property losses and 1,163 applicants have been approved for housing assistance totaling $1,148,072.

Pages

Back to Top