Mississippi Hurricane Katrina (DR-1604)
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
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.
May 6, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Recovery from Hurricane Katrina can feel like a long and winding road, filled, at times, with potholes and other surprises. But there's a team intent on straightening and smoothing out that road - especially as it leads to affordable housing. It's the Long Term Community Recovery staff of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Tasked with providing specialized assistance to address unique needs not satisfied by other disaster assistance programs, this group is tackling the affordable housing issue in a post-Katrina Mississippi Gulf Coast.
April 27, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- With the hurricane season fast approaching, community floodplain managers, building and planning officials, architects and surveyors want to make sure their knowledge about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is up to date.
April 27, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Long Term Community Recovery program is helping communities throughout south Mississippi as the recovery process moves forward. An important component of recovery from a disaster lies in careful planning as communities rebuild and welcome both returning and new residents, businesses and industry. Helping local leaders to accomplish their respective goals through this planning process is the essence of the LTCR program.
April 21, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- Some say if you need something done give it to a busy person. On the Coast that would be Pastor Elijah Mitchell, a one-time employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A Methodist minister, Mitchell served the spiritual needs of people at one church in Waveland, another in Biloxi. Hurricane Katrina took both houses of worship ? and six members of his staff. Loss of those lives is not something he likes to talk about. Mitchell prefers to focus on the events after the storm, the part when people began their lives again.
April 16, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. -- To appreciate Mississippi culture is to look into the rich tapestry of its past. Nearly 1,300 listings with the National Register of Historic Places and 38 privately-sponsored historic landmarks provide tangible evidence of the state's heritage, its place in American history. As recovery from Hurricane Katrina progresses, state, tribal and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) experts strive to protect these vestiges of yesteryear.
Incident period: August 29, 2005 to October 14, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 29, 2005