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September 3, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- When thinking about Bay St. Louis, some Mississippians see how things were before Hurricane Katrina; others focus on the wreckage afterwards. But Bay St. Louisians, including new Mayor Les Fillingame, see a town restored of its past, its future redefined by new development.
September 1, 2009
Mississippi Recovery Office Wraps Up Summer Of Giving By Donating More Than Two Tons Of Food To Loaves And Fishes Family Kitchen
BILOXI, Miss. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency employees at the Mississippi Recovery Office contributed 4,025 pounds of food to Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen in Biloxi Aug. 31. Monday's donation marked the third and final food drive of the summer. In June, the MSRO began taking part in "Warm Up to Giving", a federal government-wide food drive with the goal of giving one million pounds of food to charities across the country.
August 25, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- August 29 will mark four years since Hurricane Katrina pummeled Mississippi. Since then, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and other state and local governments and organizations, has helped the state rebuild stronger than it was before the 2005 storm. Billions of federal dollars have been spent during the past four years to help make rebuilding possible. The numbers listed below, some of which are rounded, feature highlights of the reconstruction process as of July, 2009.
August 11, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Hurricane Katrina recovery is like putting together a car, one part at a time so it's a moving, synchronized machine. Hancock County is getting put back together that way, piece by piece. The economy is the steering wheel that will guide this storm-torn county off the assembly line on to new roads, new directions. The local stakeholders - business and property owners - have served as designers and drivers of their hurricane recovery. For assistance, they often seek expertise and funding from federal and state governments and nonprofit agencies.
August 6, 2009
Biloxi, Miss. -- The following is a summary of Mississippi recovery efforts from Aug. 29, 2005 through July 30, 2009: As of July 29, about 529 temporary housing units are still occupied in Mississippi - an 81 percent decrease from the 2,808 units occupied Jan. 1:
July 30, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency employees at its Area Field Office in Jackson are pitching in to help two food banks replenish their shelves. "The food drive is part of a federal government initiative, "Warm up to Giving," said AFO Director, Bill King. "This challenges agencies to donate one million pounds of food to local charity organizations by Aug. 28."
July 27, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Nearly 2,000 children in Mississippi's lower six counties know a little more about preparedness thanks to the FEMA in the Classroom program. The Mississippi program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency educates and involves children in disaster preparedness as a way to also engage parents and growcommunity awareness. The school program began in January 2008 and now reaches out to 4-H Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs, a variety of summer day camps, two senior centers and most recently, the Harrison County Library System.
July 13, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. - The following is a summary of Mississippi recovery efforts from Aug. 29, 2005 through July 7, 2009: FEMA's Individual Assistance program has provided nearly $1.3 billion to individuals and families in response to Hurricane Katrina:
July 1, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Mississippi Transitional Recovery Office donated 2,010 pounds of canned and non-perishable food items to Twelve Baskets Food Bank in Gulfport June 29. Monday's donation marked the first of three food drives the TRO will sponsor this summer. The effort is part of a federal government-wide food drive called "Warm Up to Giving" and challenges agencies to donate one million pounds of food by Aug. 28.
June 23, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Hurricane Katrina interrupted classes at the Gulf Park campus of the University of Southern Mississippi but not for long. The school, which sustained millions of dollars in storm damages, was temporarily relocated to a building at the former site of the Garden Park Hospital in Gulfport. "We resumed classes six weeks after the storm," said Bryan Billings, USM's director of project planning, contracts management and emergency preparedness.