Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding (DR-1459)

Incident period: April 6, 2003 to April 25, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 24, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 21, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will deploy a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to Columbia, Miss., Wednesday and Thursday, May 28 and 29, to bring state and federal disaster assistance information directly into neighborhoods affected by the April 6th through 25th severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.
May 21, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- A total of $7,811,776 in federal/state disaster aid has been approved for the State of Mississippi as a result of the April 6th through 25th, 2003, severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. President Bush declared 28 Mississippi counties disaster areas at the request of Gov. Ronnie Musgrove on April 24. Since that time, Marion and Pearl River counties have been added to the list of eligible counties. As of today, 3,603 Mississippians have applied for the various forms of federal/state disaster assistance.
May 20, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/State Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) located in Jackson and Meridian are scheduled to close Friday, May 23, at 6:00 p.m. Until then the center will remain open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 21, 22 and 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Jackson DRC is located at the Jackson Police Department Training Academy, 3000 Saint Charles Street. The Meridian DRC is located at the Central Fire Station, 2500 14th Street.
May 19, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- Disaster assistance for Kemper, Neshoba and Rankin counties has been expanded to include aid for local governments affected by the April 6th through 25th severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
May 19, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a Crisis Counseling Immediate Services grant application by the State of Mississippi to pay for free counseling services in 10 Mississippi counties. The program is aimed at assisting those who had their lives thrown into disarray and confusion by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding, April 6th through 25th. The 10 counties in which residents are eligible to participate in the program are: Clarke, Hinds, Lauderdale, Lincoln, Madison, Newton, Rankin, Scott, Warren and Yazoo.
May 19, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- Disaster assistance for Marion and Pearl River counties has been made available to help homeowners, renters and business owners recover from the effects of the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding April 6th through 25th in Mississippi, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

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