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 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.
November 19, 2002
News Release
Homeowners, renters, and business owners who had damages and losses as a result of the recent severe storms and tornadoes may find a wide range assistance, according to state and federal disaster officials. Residents may apply for help by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency?s toll-free registration number at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Hearing and speech impaired individuals may call TTY at 800-462-7585.
November 18, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- A state-federal disaster recovery center will open in Columbus Monday (Nov. 18) to help families that suffered losses in the November 10-11 tornadoes learn the status of their requests for assistance and get information about assistance programs. Those who have yet to register for assistance should do so by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 1-800-621-3362, toll-free, from any telephone. Registration is required to receive assistance.
November 18, 2002
News Release
Columbus, MS -- If your family or business sustained losses in the recent tornadoes that struck five Mississippi counties, federal and state assistance may be available to help you recover. The five disaster-declared counties are Clay, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee and Oktibbeha. Here are some suggestions for expediting that assistance.
November 14, 2002
News Release
Washington, D. C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush has declared a major disaster for Mississippi, opening the way for the use of federal disaster funds to help meet the recovery needs of families and businesses devastated by last weekend?s swarm of deadly tornadoes.

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