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
July 25, 2007
BILOXI, Miss. -- The first nails have been driven, the first walls have been erected, and the first sets of permanent steps have been installed. Most important to families in Pearlington, work has started on brand new homes. More than 2,000 volunteers from the Momentum youth conference descended upon the Mississippi Gulf Coast Monday. They kicked-off construction of 17 homes in the Katrina-ravaged community of Pearlington and started home-repair work and community clean-up projects in Gulfport. The volunteers plan to complete all 17 homes by July 26.
July 18, 2007
BILOXI, Miss. -- Some say there is strength in numbers. If true, the cities of Pearlington and Gulfport will have the strength of ten Samsons thanks to a little hope, a lot of youth, and the hard work of some extraordinary citizens. Approximately 5,000 bags of groceries and 50,000 pounds of water will be delivered to two Mississippi Gulf Coast communities. More than 2,000 teenage volunteers from around the U.S. and the world will build at least 17 homes and repair dozens more. All of this will be completed in five days, beginning July 23.
July 17, 2007
BILOXI, Miss. -- Re-opened parks and beaches, school groundbreaking ceremonies, and fishing boat lights strung across the southern evening horizon are just a few of the signs pointing to Mississippi’s steady recovery from Hurricane Katrina. They are also tangible markers of the partnership of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the state, and local officials in recovery efforts.
July 3, 2007
BILOXI, Miss. -- Sidney Melton has been named director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?s Federal Emergency Management Agency?s (FEMA) Mississippi Transitional Recovery Office (TRO). As director, Melton will have overall responsibility for federal recovery activities in Mississippi and lead a staff of nearly 1,000 people.
July 2, 2007
BILOXI, Miss. -- In an effort to help Mississippians continue their personal recovery, federal officials will step up efforts to help families transition to permanent housing. Individual Assistance (IA) caseworkers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will contact eligible families who were renters before Hurricane Katrina, and are currently occupying FEMA travel trailers and mobile homes, to direct them to available rental resources.
June 20, 2007
BILOXI, Miss. -- Nearly 30,000 Mississippi families have moved out of temporary travel trailers and mobile homes and on with their personal recovery. The deadline for temporary housing assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is extended until March 2009 and help remains available for those who need it.