Mississippi Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1398)

Incident period: November 24, 2001 to December 17, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 7, 2001

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

January 8, 2002
News Release
Jackson, MS -- Federal and state disaster officials caution that the only way to full recovery following a disaster is by having flood insurance. Disaster aid will not cover all losses. Flood insurance is available in any community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as do most Mississippi communities and counties. Those communities must agree to enact and enforce floodplain ordinances that restrict new growth in flood-prone areas. The U. S. government then agrees to make flood insurance available in those communities.
January 4, 2002
News Release
Jackson, MS -- Federal and state disaster assistance to 15 disaster-stricken Mississippi counties reached $1,561,463 today. Applications totaling 1032 have been received from individuals, families and business owners who sustained disaster losses resulting from the tornadoes, flooding and severe storms, during the November 24 through December 17, 2001, period.
January 3, 2002
News Release
Jackson, MS -- Federal disaster funds have been made available for Holmes and Sharkey counties today to help local governments rebuild public property damaged by the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi. The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Joe M. Allbaugh announced the assistance was approved following a review of damage data gathered by federal, state and local disaster recovery officials.
January 2, 2002
News Release
Jackson, MS -- In the aftermath of recent flooding from severe storms beginning November 24, disaster officials are reminding residents that they may purchase flood insurance coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
December 31, 2001
News Release
Jackson, MS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a Crisis Counseling Immediate Services grant application by the State of Mississippi to pay for 60 days of free counseling services in six Mississippi counties. The program is aimed at assisting those who had their lives thrown into disarray and confusion by the tornadoes, flooding and severe storms that began November 24. The six counties participating in the program are: Bolivar, DeSoto, Madison, Panola, Quitman and Washington.
December 31, 2001
News Release
Jackson, MS -- The process of applying for federal disaster assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, restoration and replacement of public facilities damaged as a result of the tornadoes, flooding and severe storms during the period November 24 through December 17, 2001, will be explained at a series of briefings for community officials.

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