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September 1, 2008
News Release
CLINTON, Miss. -- Additional operators are available at Mississippi Maintenance Call Center in Jackson, Miss. to assist families currently living in FEMA-provided temporary housing as a result of Hurricane Katrina. "We know we need to pay special attention to those families still recovering from Katrina," said Alec Watson, director of the FEMA Mississippi Transitional Recovery Office. "We're prepared to handle additional calls and address their issues."
August 26, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Two Mississippi-based architectural firms have collaborated with numerous local, state and federal representatives from various departments to rebuild and upgrade three unique Mississippi schools. After winning the bid on the new schools, the architects have designed halls that will not only shape the minds of tomorrow's leaders but may provide shelter for them and their parents in the event of another storm.
August 25, 2008
News Release
2 Services at FEMA's Mississippi Maintenance Applicant Support Call Center in Jackson, Miss. have been interrupted only on two occasions, when tornado warnings were issued and staff evacuated the building. The Call Center has operated 24 hours, seven days a week since it opened July 1, 2006 including all holidays.
August 25, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- In the southwestern corner of Hancock County, Miss. between Biloxi and New Orleans and only a mile from the Gulf of Mexico sat Charles B. Murphy Elementary School in Pearlington. Just a stone's throw away from ground zero where Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, the school and community were virtually wiped out. Not far down the road, Gulfview Elementary, the heart of the Lakeshore community, suffered the same fate.
August 21, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Federal grants will fund four new evacuation shelter facilities in several Hancock County communities. The Leetown and Necaise communities will build two, 3,678-square-foot shelters while the Kiln and Dedeaux communities will build two, 10,650-square-foot shelters. The facilities will be designed according to established federal guidelines for shelter construction.
August 13, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Hundreds of case managers from the various volunteer organizations of the Katrina Aid Today (KAT) consortium will be able to continue providing much-needed case management assistance to thousands of families across the Gulf Coast. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded more than $25.4 million to Mississippi to assist with case management.
August 1, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- As Mississippi heads into the height of the 2008 hurricane season, federal and state officials encourage people to stay tuned to their weather radio. Buying a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio now could be a wise and affordable investment in a family's safety if severe weather threatens. A few extra dollars could buy a few extra minutes for a family to get out of harm's way.
July 29, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Benjamin A. "Alec" Watson has been named acting director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Mississippi Transitional Recovery Office (TRO), leading the federal recovery effort in Mississippi. He replaces outgoing director Sid Melton. "One of my top priorities in this position will be to maintain and cultivate the established relationships we have with local governments and our partners at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)," said Watson. "These partnerships are critical to our continued service to the people of the Gulf Coast."
July 18, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- While the number of families occupying federal temporary housing has declined significantly in the past 35 months, efforts to assist the remaining 5,000 families remain strong. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) once again reiterated their commitment to help temporary housing occupants transition to permanent or alternate housing.
July 1, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Lights, camera, action! The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Mississippi Transitional Recovery Office (TRO) raised the curtain on a new initiative created especially for young citizens. FEMA in the Classroom is designed to empower and educate elementary school-age children to protect themselves, their families and their pets.

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