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

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.
December 4, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- Many residents of disaster-declared counties here in Mississippi have questions on whether the money they have already spent for tornado damage repairs is reimbursable as disaster assistance.
December 3, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- State and federal officials announced that the joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened to assist those affected by the severe storms and tornadoes in November, will be closed Sundays beginning this weekend. The DRC will remain open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice.
December 2, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- Mississippi residents needing assistance in their recovery following the November tornadoes may seek crisis counseling, thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant provides crisis counseling and outreach services to individuals and families in the designated counties. These services also will be available at schools and for other groups as requested.
December 2, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has various systems to identify people who try to take undue advantage of disaster assistance. Homes of applicants for disaster assistance are inspected to verify the losses claimed. All cases identified as possibly fraudulent are referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for investigation and potential criminal charges. FEMA also uses information from insurance companies and other disaster agencies to cross-check and verify claims to detect duplicate or fraudulent applications.
November 29, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- State, federal, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help Mississippi residents recover from the recent severe storms and tornadoes. Following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts as of close of business, Wednesday, November 27, 2002.

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