Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1916)

Incident period: May 1, 2010 to May 2, 2010
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 14, 2010

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 22, 2010
News Release
CLINTON, Miss. -- A group of young, eager volunteers is gaining a world of public-service experience as Mississippi recovers from the severe storms and tornadoes of April 23-24. The 18- to 25-year-olds hail from all sections of the nation and are assisting the Mississippi    Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Dozens of them have helped at one time or another with everything from debris removal to fence-mending in storm-impacted areas.
May 21, 2010
News Release
CLINTON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency will open Disaster Recovery Centers in Benton and Tishomingo counties Saturday. An existing center continues to operate in Alcorn County. All recovery centers are open 8 a.m.to 7 p.m. and are closed Sundays. The Benton and Tishomingo locations will be open through Thursday, May 27, while the Alcorn County center will operate Monday through Saturday until further notice. The locations are as follows:
May 20, 2010
News Release
CLINTON, Miss. -- If you suffered income losses as well as property damage in the tornadoes,  storms and flooding on May 1-2, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. This is a federally funded program administered by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to help workers whose primary income was lost or interrupted as a result of the disaster. The program can even cover those who don't normally qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, such as the self-employed and farmers.
May 18, 2010
News Release
CLINTON, Miss. -- During the first few weeks following a disaster, survivors, still dazed by the trauma, may be easily misled by half-truths and rumors. Common misconceptions can slow  recovery and possibly prevent some eligible survivors from getting help. Stresses and uncertainties caused by the tornadoes that stormed across Mississippi in April and May make it easy for rumors and false stories to breed and expand.
May 17, 2010
News Release
CLINTON, Miss. -- To speed the recovery from the May 1-2 storms, tornadoes and flooding, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers to Lafayette and Tippah counties Monday. An existing center continued to operate in Alcorn County. All recovery centers will operate this week Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.to 7 p.m. The Alcorn County location will also be open Saturday 8 a.m.to 7 p.m. The locations are as follows: Open until further notice
May 16, 2010
News Release
CLINTON, Miss. -- One day after the president’s May 14 major disaster declaration, community relations teams fanned out across Alcorn, Benton, Lafayette, Tippah and Tishomingo counties to inform people about available disaster assistance programs. The community relations teams are made up of disaster recovery specialists from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency. The specialists are working side by side to reach out to survivors of the May 1-2 storms, tornadoes and flooding.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Mississippi, FEMA-1916-DR (PDF 18KB)
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