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 22, 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) which will move to a new location during the weekend. Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24, the mobile DRC will be at Stephen's Chapel Baptist Church at 514 20th Street North in Columbus. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The mobile DRC will be at Zion Gate Baptist Church at 1202 5th Street South until 5 p.m. Friday.
November 22, 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, Thursday, November 21, 2002. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will update this information on a daily basis from their Joint Information Center in Jackson, Miss.
November 22, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- Federal disaster funds have been made available for Lafayette County to help local governments rebuild public-owned property damaged by the November 10 and 11 severe storms and tornadoes in Mississippi, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the county was declared eligible for public assistance based on a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.
November 22, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $1 million in individual and housing assistance to Mississippians who were affected by the November 10 and 11 tornadoes and storms. "This assistance is an important step in the recovery process, and reflects our commitment to providing disaster aid as quickly as possible," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch. "In the weeks ahead, we will continue to work with our state, local and volunteer partners to help address the needs of those Mississippians affected by the disaster."
November 21, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- State and federal disaster recovery officials are advising Mississippi residents who have disaster-related damage to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. "In disaster situations, scam artists are often ready to take advantage of the misfortunes of others," State Coordinating Officer Leon Shaifer said.
November 20, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- Individuals and families whose homes were damaged as a result of severe storms and tornadoes and who have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free number don't need to wait for a FEMA inspector to visit before they start cleaning up. "Our top priority is to make sure that everyone has safe, livable housing," Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch said. "The disaster housing program is designed to provide immediate assistance to those whose homes were made unlivable because of the tornadoes.

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