Mississippi Tropical Storm Isidore (DR-1436)

Incident period: September 23, 2002 to October 6, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 1, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 17, 2002
News Release
Gulfport, MS -- Jackson County residents have until Sunday afternoon to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Pascagoula, federal and state disaster recovery officials announced today. That DRC will close at 4 p.m. on Sunday. "The Harrison County Disaster Recovery Center in Gulfport will continue to operate at its current location," said Leon Shaifer, Mississippi State Coordinating Officer. That DRC is at the Gaston Hewes Recreation Center at 2608 17th Street and will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
October 17, 2002
News Release
Gulfport, MS -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Hancock County near Stennis Airport will move to another location on Monday, Oct. 21, federal and state disaster recovery officials announced today. The new location will be the parking lot of the Kmart store at the intersection of Highways 90 and 603 in Waveland. The DRC will operate out of a mobile operations vehicle provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
October 15, 2002
News Release
Gulfport, MS -- If your home or business was damaged in Mississippi's recent tropical storm and resultant flooding, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommend that you take steps in rebuilding to minimize the harm that could come in a future flood.
October 14, 2002
News Release
Gulfport, MS -- Disaster officials are concerned with the low return of completed low-interest loan packets. Mississippi State Coordinating Officer, Leon Shaifer, cautioned, "Just because an applicant for disaster assistance receives a loan application, it doesn't mean it is their only option. In fact, if a person fills out the loan application and does not qualify for a loan, they may be eligible for a cash grant to pay toward their disaster losses."
October 14, 2002
News Release
Gulfport, MS -- People who live or work in the seven disaster-declared Mississippi counties and are unable to work as a direct result of the severe weather that occurred September 23 through October 6, 2002, may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance, according to Mississippi Emergency Management Agency's Leon Shaifer, the state official in charge of long-term recovery. The seven Mississippi counties named in the presidential disaster declaration as being eligible for individual disaster assistance are Amite, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Pike and Stone.
October 12, 2002
News Release
Gulfport, MS -- Every year, more homes in the U.S. are damaged by floods than by any other natural disaster, a fact well known to residents of the seven southern Mississippi counties affected by Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili late last month and early this month. Residents of those counties have already made 1,335 flood insurance claims to begin their rebuilding process. The severe weather resulted in President Bush declaring a major disaster that included Amite, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Pike and Stone counties for individual disaster assistance.

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