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News: Mississippi Hurricane Katrina

April 23, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- As Mississippians continue to recover from Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 hurricane season is fast approaching. Due to the 30-day waiting period following the purchase of a new policy, residents have less than ten days to activate a new flood insurance policy in time for the June 1 start date. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees the National Food Insurance Program (NFIP), encourages all Mississippi residents to seriously consider protecting their homes and valuables with a flood insurance policy.
April 22, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- A federal grant will pay for a 10,000-square-foot facility in Jackson County's Vancleave community. The building's design will follow established federal guidelines for shelter construction. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide a $2.8 million grant from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to fund the project.
April 16, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VAL) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced dates for two upcoming Helping Hands Workshops. The first workshop will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m., April 22 at Nichols Elementary School, 590 Division St. in Biloxi and another workshop will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m., May 13 at the Riverfront Community Center, 4400 Denny Ave. in Moss Point.?
April 11, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- In a team effort, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), local governments and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continue to work toward the goal of closing FEMA-managed travel trailer sites by June 1 and remaining FEMA mobile home and commercial sites by Dec. 1. While the temporary housing sites are closing, housing assistance is not ending as FEMA's current housing assistance program will continue to March 2009.
March 31, 2008
News Release
Biloxi, Miss. -- The following is a summary of Mississippi recovery efforts as of March 25, 2008, unless otherwise noted: Individual support continues with more than $1.2 billion to individuals and families:
March 26, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Six temporary housing sites constructed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are scheduled to close by June. FEMA has closed four group sites this year; three additional sites will close at the end of March. FEMA built 43 sites, known as emergency group or group sites, with cooperation from local governments and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) that met the housing need of more than 3,000 displaced residents following Hurricane Katrina.
March 14, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VAL) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a Helping Hands Workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m., March 18 at St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church Parish Center, 301 South Necaise Ave., in Bay St. Louis. VAL has hosted 12 Helping Hands Workshops across the lower six counties, targeting families in FEMA temporary housing. Organizers estimate more than 600 applicants have attended the events.
March 10, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Gulf Coast community floodplain managers gathered recently to develop a plan that provides maximum assistance and protection for citizens. The officials are working to establish the first regional coordinated outreach strategy team to educate residents about flood hazards, flood insurance, flood protection measures and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
March 4, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will extend the Relocation Assistance program to Aug. 31, 2008. To date, 504 Mississippi families have been helped with moving and transportation costs incurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Applicants displaced from their primary residence in a disaster-declared area as a result of Katrina are eligible for up to $4,000 in relocation expenses incurred between Aug. 29, 2005 and Aug. 31, 2008.
March 4, 2008
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Recent legislation will allow changes in the amount of funding available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The previous allocation of $433 million for HMGP funds was reduced by $20 million due to a rescission in the recently enacted appropriations bill cited as the "Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008."