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

February 27, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- As warmer weather approaches and Gulf Coast residents rebuild their homes, federal and state officials encourage them to include a safe room in their blueprints. Although a house may be built “to code,” a properly built safe room can offer greater protection from high-speed winds and other damaging effects of tornadoes and hurricanes. Before building, homeowners should get all necessary building permits and inspections from their local jurisdictions. However, safe rooms are not a safe alternative to evacuations if local governments order them.
February 23, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- The deadline for 90 percent federal funding of standing dead tree removal in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties has been extended to June 30. The extension by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) covers the whole of each of the coastal counties, not just areas affected by storm surge. The previous extension allowed about 27,000 standing dead trees to be removed from public rights of way, private homes and small businesses.
February 22, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Cabinet officials from the Japanese government visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Biloxi Transitional Recovery Office (TRO). The delegation met with TRO chief of staff Alec Watson and program section chiefs to discuss emergency management methods and the experiences of the senior staff following Hurricane Katrina. The officials met previously with Mississippi Emergency Management Agency staff and toured their Emergency Operations Center in Pearl, Miss.
February 8, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- The recovery effort remains strong throughout Mississippi as families rebuild their homes, communities and lives.  In partnership with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $9.4 billion in disaster aid to Mississippi as of Feb. 2, 2007.
February 5, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- As the work to clean up beaches, waterways and the Mississippi Sound continues, four of 16 projects are finished and two others are nearing completion. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which heads the multi-agency effort with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and other partners, is moving forward with ten other projects.
January 29, 2007
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Four projects in Mississippi totaling over $29 million have been approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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