Mississippi Flooding (DR-1983)
Incident period: May 3, 2011 to June 17, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 11, 2011
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
June 16, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- As Mississippians return to their water-damaged homes, they come face to face with a new threat -- mold. Mold can cause serious, long-term health problems. Recovery specialists urge disaster survivors to protect themselves by treating or discarding mold- and mildew-infected items. "Taking the time to clean thoroughly is the most important step a homeowner can take to prevent illnesses from mold," said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Womack.
June 15, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- If you have insurance and you suffered damage from April's storms and tornadoes or May's flooding, can you still register with FEMA? Absolutely! While neither FEMA nor the U. S. Small Business Administration will duplicate insurance benefits, you may be eligible for help with losses not covered or damage in excess of your coverage. The only requirements are that you must reside in one of the counties included in the declaration and register before the deadline.
June 14, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- If information is power, why not give dad a powerful tool for Father’s Day that could really save lives: a weather radio? A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio can help monitor dangerous storms. The weather radio transmits alerts of severe weather and dangerous conditions before they arrive.
June 13, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Take extra precautions when returning to flood-damaged homes, apartments or businesses, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and federal disaster officials urged today. “The dangers are not over when the water recedes,” said MEMA Director Mike Womack. “Flood hazards such as exposed wires, contaminated floodwater or a weakened foundation are not always obvious but can be life-threatening. We urge people to be very careful.”
June 11, 2011
CLINTON, Miss – The deadline for Mississippi flood disaster survivors to register for federal disaster assistance is July 11, 2011. Homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered losses in the flooding that began May 3 and live in the 14 declared counties may be eligible for housing assistance grants that include funds to rent a place to live while rebuilding; minor home repairs to make a home safe, sanitary and functional; and replace essential household items not covered by insurance.
June 11, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- When the upheaval of recent disasters creates legal issues for a survivor, the Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division can provide free legal assistance. Anyone affected by the recent Mississippi disasters who doesn’t have the means to hire an attorney is eligible - if the legal issue is directly related to the disaster. Call the Disaster Legal Services Hotline, 877-691-6185 for help. The hotline is staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Messages can be left on the hotline voice mail at any time.