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 13, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- Its mission completed, the federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Brookhaven, which has been providing information on disaster assistance to property owners who suffered losses during the April 6th through 14th severe storms, tornadoes and flooding, will close at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 16. The same information provided by the DRC will continue to be available from the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The speech or hearing impaired should call 1-800-462-7585.
May 13, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) have announced the new hours of operation for the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) located in Jackson and Meridian. Beginning immediately, the centers will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturdays, and closed Sundays. The Jackson DRC is located at the Jackson Police Department Training Academy, 3000 Saint Charles Street, and the Meridian DRC is located at the Central Fire Station, 2500 14th Street.
May 12, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be in Brandon beginning Friday, May 16, to bring state and federal assistance information directly into neighborhoods raked by the April 6th through 14th severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. The DRC, a satellite-equipped mobile unit, will be in Brandon for four days, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, May 16, 17, 19 and 20, 2003. The unit will be closed Sunday, May 18.
May 12, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- In the aftermath of recent flooding from the severe weather April 6th through 14th, disaster officials are reminding residents they may purchase flood insurance coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
May 9, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS - -For individuals who suffered property damage or were economically injured by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding of April 6th through 14th, legal help is now available under an agreement between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.
May 8, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- Residents located in the 28 disaster-declared Mississippi counties who are unemployed because of the April 6th through 14th severe storms, tornadoes and flooding may be eligible to apply for disaster unemployment assistance. State Coordinating Officer for the disaster recovery effort, Leon Shaifer, said, "The Mississippi Employment Security Commission has requested and received initial funding. A supplemental request for additional funds may be requested later if additional funds are needed."

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