BILOXI, Miss. -- The deadline for 90 percent federal funding of construction and demolition debris as a result of Hurricane Katrina has been extended to June 30. The extension by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) covers the storm surge areas of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.
Debris removal from public rights of way, including removal of concrete slab debris, is limited to property addresses that received regular garbage pickup service from local governments prior to Hurricane Katrina. The debris removal will include the removal and disposal of abandoned vehicles and boats that can be legally disposed of as debris by the local authority or the state.
Property owners must complete a right-of-entry form available at their local building department by the deadline set by their local jurisdiction.
FEMA and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency jointly coordinate and monitor debris removal operations while ensuring appropriate guidelines are followed for the removal of debris from public and private lands.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, economic status or retaliation. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or contact your State Office of Equal rights. If suspicious of any abuse of FEMA programs, please contact the fraud hotline at 1-800-323-8603.