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 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."
May 7, 2003
News Release
Tornado damage in Lincoln County, Mississippi. Photos by Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
May 6, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- National flood insurance policyholders who sustained substantial damage to their home or business during the April 6th through 14th severe weather could qualify for additional funds to help prevent flooding from happening again.
May 4, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced today the opening of an additional Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Jackson. This center is to assist residents who have already applied for disaster aid by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The Jackson DRC will open Tuesday morning at the Jackson Police Department Training Academy, 3000 Saint Charles Street. The center will operate daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., until further notice.
May 3, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced today the following information related to federal/state disaster aid assistance for Mississippi residents who were affected by the April 6th through 14th, 2003 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding:
May 1, 2003
News Release
Jackson, MS -- State and federal disaster recovery officials issued these recovery assistance tips for residents of Mississippi who suffered uninsured or underinsured losses resulting from the April 6th through 14th severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. The essential first step is to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to register toll-free with the Federal Emergency Management office (FEMA). This is the only way to obtain the assistance you are eligible to receive. Other suggestions for getting help as quickly as possible include:

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