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 27, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- If your home or business was damaged in the November 10 and 11 severe storms and tornadoes, state and federal recovery officials urge owners who are rebuilding to consider taking steps now to minimize the potential for similar damage in a future disaster. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free technical advice on construction and rebuilding techniques to make your property safer and less vulnerable to violent weather events and even earthquakes. In some cases, federal financial assistance may be available under FEMA's hazard mitigation program.
November 27, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- As those affected by the recent tornadoes turn their energy and resources to cleaning up, repairing, and replacing their damaged property, it's important to keep in mind that people with disrupted lives can be an easy mark for con artists. A common scam is when a person poses as an inspector or loss verifier of disaster-damaged property. Some of these "inspectors" charge a fee for what they do. Some may have official-looking identification that they use to get inside residents' property. So beware, caution state and federal officials.
November 26, 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 be closed Thanksgiving Day. The DRC, located in the former Lowe's Home Supply at 2320 Highway 45 North in Columbus, will resume normal working hours Friday, November 29. The hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and12 noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, until further notice.
November 26, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- Having a safe room built into your house can help you protect yourself and your family from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds. In the wake of the deadly tornadoes that caused widespread damage throughout eastern Mississippi earlier this month, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery officials urge residents in tornado-prone areas to consider constructing a "safe room" in their home.
November 24, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- Anyone affected by the recent tornadoes can visit with state, federal, local and voluntary agencies at a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Tuesday, November 26, at New Life Ministries at 98 Harrison Road here. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 23, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- Anyone who has suffered losses or damages because of the November 10 and 11 severe storms and tornadoes will be able to visit with state, federal, local and voluntary agencies Monday, November 25, at a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).

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