Mississippi Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1443)

Incident period: November 10, 2002 to November 11, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on November 14, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

November 7, 2003
News Release
Atlanta, GA -- The tornadoes that ripped through the six Mississippi counties of Lowdnes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Monroe, Noxubee, Lafayette a year ago this week triggered federal assistance that now adds up to $24,651,335. A summary of assistance shows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
December 11, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- Mississippians affected by November's tornadoes who have yet to apply for federal disaster assistance have one month before the deadline. January 13, 2003 is the last day to file applications for disaster assistance, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials.
December 9, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- Mississippians affected by the November tornados can get disaster-related legal assistance through a cooperation between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi State Bar and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The toll-free number for free legal advice is 800-682-6423, Monday through Friday, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Callers are requested to identify themselves as disaster related applicants in order to receive more immediate service.
December 7, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- One month after severe storms and tornadoes swept through six Mississippi counties in November, residents and business owners continue rebuilding their lives and helping one another. State, federal, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help Mississippians with the recovery process. Following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts as of close of business, Friday, December 6, 2002, from Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):
December 6, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will close at 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 17. The center in the former Lowe's Home Supply at 2320 Highway 45 North is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 5, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- As the rebuilding effort goes on and on, the strain begins to show on those who were affected by the November tornadoes. Families find their old neighborhood is no longer the same, physically or emotionally. Couples find themselves arguing, or worrying about finances. Businesses struggle to stay afloat.


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