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 1, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Mississippi Transitional Recovery Office donated 2,010 pounds of canned and non-perishable food items to Twelve Baskets Food Bank in Gulfport June 29. Monday's donation marked the first of three food drives the TRO will sponsor this summer. The effort is part of a federal government-wide food drive called "Warm Up to Giving" and challenges agencies to donate one million pounds of food by Aug. 28.
June 23, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Hurricane Katrina interrupted classes at the Gulf Park campus of the University of Southern Mississippi but not for long. The school, which sustained millions of dollars in storm damages, was temporarily relocated to a building at the former site of the Garden Park Hospital in Gulfport. "We resumed classes six weeks after the storm," said Bryan Billings, USM's director of project planning, contracts management and emergency preparedness.
May 28, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- With hurricane season less than a week away, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency encourage Mississippians to consider protecting their homes, businesses and valuables with a flood insurance policy. And the sooner the better. There is a 30-day waiting period before a newly-purchased policy becomes effective.
May 18, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing nearly $1.8 million to Long Beach for the construction of Fire Station No. 2. FEMA approved Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding in 2006 for the fire station, which will also serve as a shelter for first responders. Due to recently committed funding from other sources, the city is increasing the size of the proposed building and shelter to 8,960 square feet, which will approximately double capacity for first responders during a disaster.
May 13, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Forrest County is nearly recovered from the winds and flooding of Hurricane Katrina, but the storm remains on the minds of residents and county officials. That's a good thing said county Board of Supervisors President Charles Marshall as he recently discussed lessons learned from Katrina and resulting improvements. "Forrest County Hospital generators weren't large enough to cope with the storm," Marshall said. "Water pressure there was also a problem."
May 7, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Stone County lies some 35 miles north of the Mississippi Coast, far enough away to escape the storm surge of a strong hurricane. But it wasn't far enough away from the knock-down punch of Hurricane Katrina. Brought to its knees by the storm, the county is nearly back on its feet today. More than half of the county's estimated 5,500 houses and all four of its public schools sustained damages from the 2005 storm. The county courthouse, fire department and main library - all in the county seat of Wiggins - as well as the county's timber industry, took a hit.