Mississippi Hurricane Katrina (DR-1604)

Incident period: August 29, 2005 to October 14, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 29, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 10, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- President George W. Bush has declared a state of emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered Federal aid to supplement Commonwealth and local response efforts to help people evacuated from their homes due to Hurricane Katrina. Assistance is available to state and eligible local governments for emergency protective measures that are undertaken to save lives and protect public health and safety. Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent federal funding.
September 10, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary for Homeland Security and head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available to South Dakota to supplement its efforts to assist evacuees from areas struck by Hurricane Katrina.
September 9, 2005
News Release
Jackson, MS - Expedited funds, in the amount of $230,000, have been released to Jones County for repair to their emergency services communication tower. The payment came nine days after Hurricane Katrina slammed into Mississippi, causing massive damages to vital community infrastructure. "We anticipate that the payment to Jones County will be the first of many to be expedited to hurricane stricken communities," said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Latham.
September 9, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency successfully piloted a new Expedited Assistance debit card program in three shelters in Texas. FEMA issued debit cards, totaling nearly $12.3 million in quick aid to evacuees. Additionally, in fewer than three days, expedited assistance through direct deposit and check provided more than 322,000 households across the nation with a "first installment" of what amounts to emergency cash for a total of more than $644 million.
September 9, 2005
News Release
BOSTON, Mass. -- Individuals and families who evacuated to New England from Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama need to register for disaster aid if they haven’t already done so, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “The important first step to receiving disaster aid for Hurricane Katrina losses is to register with FEMA,” said Ken Horak, acting regional director for FEMA Region I.
September 9, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Nearly $460 million in expedited aid to individuals has been provided by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency in the 48 hours since the agency activated the expedited assistance program. More than 230,000 eligible households are receiving these payments of $2,000 to help pay for their emergency needs of food, shelter, clothing, personal necessities and medical needs.

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