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 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. - 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 8, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With hundreds of thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims finding themselves far from home in shelters, temporary quarters or with friends and families, FEMA is here to provide a first step towards a return to normalcy, through a toll-free number or an online application. The Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone who was adversely affected by the storm to call FEMA's toll-free teleregistration line at 1-800-621-FEMA or register online at: www.fema.gov. The hearing or speech impaired may call TTY 1-800-462-7585.
September 8, 2005
News Release
JACKSON, Miss. -- State and local governments will be reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency for 100 percent of Hurricane Katrina eligible debris removal costs incurred during the sixty days following President Bush’s federal disaster declaration, from August 29 through October 30th, 2005. Examples of eligible clean-up include removal of debris from public rights-of-way to ensure safe passage and debris removal from public property to eliminate health and safety hazards.
September 8, 2005
News Release
Jackson, MS -- Free, disaster-related legal assistance is being provided by Mississippi volunteer attorneys for low-income individuals affected by Hurricane Katrina. The service, coordinated through volunteers from the Mississippi Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar Association and the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is available by calling the Disaster Legal Service hotline at 1-866-255-4495.
September 8, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency has contracted with five of the nation’s major corporations to speed emergency housing relief to Gulf Coast families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. These emergency contracts joined a new Housing Area Command created and led by FEMA to address the extreme housing needs of the region and the more than 1 million people who were forced to flee their homes because of the storm. While not all evacuees will require housing, currently 163,000 citizens of Louisiana are now residing in shelters.

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