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

December 11, 2006
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- The sight of animals injured or abandoned in the wake of a disaster brings out an emotional response in people seeking safety and shelter for their pets. A better solution for the animals, however, is for the owners to plan their care well in advance of the need. A better solution for animal care is the focus of a disaster response plan directed at pets and livestock by the Mississippi Board of Animal Health and emphasized by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
December 7, 2006
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Although the 2006 hurricane season officially ended last week, Mississippi families remain vigilant in their preparedness for future disasters and the work of recovery continues unabated.  In partnership with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, 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 Dec. 1, 2006.
December 5, 2006
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- If you want to know how to blunt the impact of a disaster, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would be delighted to demonstrate methods to you, your kids, your parents, or your local builder. In English, Spanish or Vietnamese. In grade school or a retirement home.
December 1, 2006
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- The psychological effects of Hurricane Katrina fell with particular force on one group of victims-children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has warned that children have a special vulnerability to disaster situations, making it urgent for adults to prepare them for such shocks in advance.
November 30, 2006
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Mississippi residents currently living in temporary travel trailers or mobile homes may want to take extra precautions due to expected freezing temperatures. More than 31,000 temporary housing units currently occupied throughout the state have been "winterized" prior to placement. Maintenance teams have applied special protective measures to reinforce water hoses and examined the electric heat strips of each unit. The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency offers the following safety recommendations:
November 28, 2006
News Release
BILOXI, Miss. -- Though November 30 marks the end of the 2006 hurricane season with no major storms hitting the Gulf Coast , emergency officials warn that the next disaster can strike at any time. "There's no closed season on disasters," said Nick Russo, federal coordinating officer for the Mississippi Hurricane Katrina disaster. "The tornadoes that hit south central Mississippi a couple of weeks ago are a prime example."


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