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

April 18, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Elizabeth Stover embodies the kind of bright-eyed, unabashed enthusiasm that is infectious. Quiet strength, intelligence and most noticeably, a passion for her work radiates from her as she speaks about the plight of hurricane survivors and what drove her to the Gulf Coast.
April 17, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- When Ocean Springs native Laura Mason looks in her closet before going towork, she actually smiles. The action itself is not unusual. But it took Mason time to get to this point. She remembers her old closet full of clothes, shoes, and purses that were washed away by Katrina. The thought of that loss used to bring her down but now she uses her loss to help others. "I think I can relate to everyone. I lost everything. We lost our house," said Mason. "It was hard at the time but I'm here. I went through it just like everyone else."
April 17, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Stephanie Nash was born in the Mississippi Delta and after living in East St. Louis, Ill. for twelve years, her family returned to Mississippi to make Pass Christian their home. When Hurricane Katrina forced the single mother to evacuate to Jackson, the biggest hardship wasn't for her but for her 10-year-old daughter.
April 16, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- While Hurricane Katrina showed her strength in her destruction, volunteer agencies countered that energy in their numbers and willingness to serve the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the hurricane’s aftermath. Volunteers have been their own magnificent force of nature. Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VAL) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been working equally hard to help affected families. Staff from FEMA’s Helpline, Applicant Services, or Housing Advisors can refer unmet needs cases to VAL.
April 16, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- With a charming smile and an upbeat attitude, Tammy Martin reflects the resilience of her Gulf Coast neighbors. The Gulfport native spent 10 years in California and returned to her home one month before Hurricane Katrina destroyed everything she knew. She and her three children lived with four other family members in her parents' home until she received a travel trailer from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before Thanksgiving.
April 10, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- The 2007 hurricane season starts in eight weeks, and forecasters say this hurricane season could be nearly as destructive as 2005, the worst on record. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) remind Mississippi residents to begin their emergency preparations now.

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