By: Mary Langenbacker, MSRO External Affairs Officer
Waveland, Miss. recently celebrated the ribbon cutting of its new municipal complex. Destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Waveland’s City Hall, City Annex and Fire Station were combined into one improved project to create a 23,500 sq. ft. complex with FEMA funding of over $2 million.
In May, FEMA Mississippi Recovery Office Director Dennis Kizziah, Deputy Director Del Streid, and Public Assistance Section Chief Randy Walker toured the facility as guests of Mayor David Garcia. “This municipal complex is nothing short of a success story for the citizens of Waveland,” remarked Kizziah as he surveyed the City Hall and Annex which house basic government functions and include an emergency generator to keep the building operational if power is lost. Mayor Garcia, who served as the city’s fire chief during Hurricane Katrina, provided a guided tour of the new fire station built to house fire protection personnel and equipment for the areas south of the City’s railroad tracks. Congratulating Mayor Garcia on the City’s progress, Kizziah noted the strong partnership between the City’s leaders, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, and FEMA. “This fire station is an example of Waveland’s commitment in providing a safe and efficient environment for its first responders—an ultimately—its citizens. FEMA is proud to be part of the team that made it possible.”