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

March 17, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- A disaster information Helpline has been established for those Mississippians affected by the Feb. 16 and 24 tornadoes and violent windstorms who need information about disaster assistance programs or the status of their application for aid. The toll-free number is 1-800-525-0321. Those with hearing or speech impairment may call the Helpline at 1-800-660-8005.
March 17, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Due to the large number of requests for information regarding construction of storm-resistant "Safe Rooms," arrangements have been made with The Home Depot, 1074 Cross Creek Drive, in Tupelo, to construct a model safe room for public display. To date, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) have received hundreds of inquiries relating to safe room construction. Home Depot employees will begin construction Sunday, March 18, of the in-store model.
March 16, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved an initial allocation of $50,000 to pay for 60 days of free counseling services for those who suffered losses and had their lives disrupted by February's severe storms and tornadoes in Mississippi. The four counties participating in the program are Holmes, Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Pontotoc. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) initiated the program.
March 15, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Sixty percent of the state of Mississippi has been declared a federal disaster area following new designations Thursday for 15 counties hit by severe storms March 12. Fifty of the state's 82 counties are in a declared disaster. At the request of Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, the southern counties were added to 35 northern counties previously designated for severe storms and tornadoes Feb. 16 and 24.
March 15, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- The way to federal and state disaster assistance that became available to storm victims in southern Mississippi counties Thursday is an easy one. Call 1-800-462-9029! All it takes is a toll-free telephone call to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) delivering aid to those who suffered losses. The number is 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired.
March 13, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Two disaster recovery centers that have been helping Mississippi families hit by the February tornadoes with their requests for federal and state assistance will close Wednesday having completed their mission, officials announced. The centers, which will shut down at 6 p.m., are in Starkville at 106 Miley Rd. and in Greenwood in Old Fire Station No. 3, 106 E. Claiborne St. Recovery centers in Columbus, Pontotoc and Durant remain open and a mobile center will open at noon Wednesday in Ackerman at 223 W. Main Street.

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