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 13, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Individuals and business owners in Lowndes County can get a first-hand look at a tornado "safe room" March 15 - 18, in an exhibit stationed at Lowe's Home Improvement Center, 2320 Hwy. 45 N. The exhibit will be available for viewing daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A safe room is a shelter built into your house to provide protection from tornadoes and other extreme windstorms. The special room on display measures 4' deep by 6' wide by 7' tall.
March 12, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Federal and state inspectors were dispatched into South Mississippi counties today to make preliminary assessments of damages resulting from severe storms, which lashed the area today. Leon Shaifer, state-coordinating officer for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), requested "immediate" joint damage assessment inspections with teams from MEMA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
March 10, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Residents of Mississippi's 35 disaster counties who have registered for state and federal assistance were reminded Saturday that they must fill out Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications even if they don't want a loan. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said information in the loan application is used to determine an applicant's eligibility for grants and this cannot be determined until a completed packet is filed.
March 9, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Property owners planning to rebuild after sustaining damage in Mississippi's recent storms should include in their plans measures to make their structures stronger to minimize damage in future storms, say state and federal disaster recovery officials. "Dollars spent now on a few extra construction steps can save money and trouble in the future and may actually enhance a property's value," said John D. Hannah of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), federal coordinating officer for recovery efforts. "This is called hazard mitigation."
March 9, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- Americorps, a domestic Peace Corps, will send two teams to Mississippi to aid in tornado debris clean-up, John D. Hannah of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the federal official in charge of recovery efforts, said today. Work will begin this weekend. Two groups of ten each, with team leaders, will start work sawing and clearing debris in the counties of Lee, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Pontotoc and Tallahatchie.
March 8, 2001
News Release
Tupelo, MS -- The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the state Department of Environmental Quality issued guidelines Thursday (March 8) on disposing of debris generated by the February tornados. Officials said private citizens planning debris burning must obtain city permits, or if they are county residents, verbal permission from the Mississippi Forestry Commission. Units of government need to contact the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for burn permits.

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