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October 27, 2011
NOAA's National Weather Service ranks April 2011 as the most active tornado month on record with 750 tornadoes across the U.S. There were a reported 361 fatalities. The April 27 “Super Outbreak” spawned four intensely destructive EF-5 and 11 EF-4 tornados across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. These storms launched an immediate response from the whole community, which included local, state, and federal agencies, voluntary, faith-based and community groups, the private sector and the public.
August 11, 2011
Clinton, Miss. -- Residents and communities in Mississippi are recovering from severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the state this spring. The strong partnership between the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has helped many families and local governments start the recovery process.
July 27, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Mississippi flood survivors are facing an important decision: How can I make sure I'm not flooded again? One of the most common methods is to elevate your home. "Elevation may be the best solution for flood survivors who want to stay in their current location," said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Womack. "If your home is structurally sound, elevation may be one of the most effective ways to protect your home, your family and your possessions."
July 26, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Now is the best time to protect your home against future flooding say state and federal emergency management professionals. "Act now, while the impacts of the historic 2011 floods are still fresh in our minds," said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director, Mike Womack. "As you continue your recovery, consider ways to improve your flood safety."
July 25, 2011
Free Advice on Reducing Damage From Future Disasters Available In Laurel and Greenville July 27 - August 9
CLINTON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue to offer free consultations with FEMA advisers at home improvement and hardware stores. Rebuilding or repairing a home after a disaster can be a daunting task. But with the right information, homeowners can build back smarter and stronger. FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand at local building supply stores to provide information about ways to rebuild that can reduce the risk of damages from future disasters. The schedule is below:
July 21, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Some Mississippi disaster survivors may disagree with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision about what disaster assistance they can receive. Do not get discouraged if you receive a letter from FEMA indicating you are ineligible. Read the letter carefully -- all the way to the end. It will explain why you were ineligible and what you can do to change that. Ask questions and ask for help if needed.
July 19, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- As Mississippians repair or rebuild their flood-damaged property, state and federal recovery officials have an important message: be sure you have a building permit. Property owners should visit their city or county permitting office before they pick up a saw or swing a hammer. Many local governments require construction permits before people undertake any rebuilding or significant repair project.
July 18, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Smithville residents can help decide the future of their town at a community open house from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Monroe County Government Complex, 1619 Hwy. 25 N., Amory. "This is a unique opportunity to shape Smithville for your family now and in the future," said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Womack.
July 14, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Federal and state assistance approved for people in 14 Mississippi counties that were declared a major disaster area by the president following the historic flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries has reached $19,037,109. Here is a summary through Wednesday, July 13, of all state and federal assistance to individuals in counties affected by the flooding between May 3 and June 17:
July 13, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- The losses following Mississippi's April's storms and tornadoes or May's flooding may be magnified for the elderly. Seniors previously living on their own may find they have to depend on others for food, shelter and the necessities of daily living. Those used to assisted living may face upheaval in their normal routines or a change in their usual caregivers. Add to that the stress of the disaster itself, and the elderly may be facing very difficult times.