BILOXI, Miss. -- Rebuilding in Biloxi as it recovers from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina has been driven by the partnership of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Biloxi’s leaders.
Together at a steady pace, the agencies and city have rebuilt Biloxi’s critical infrastructure, upgraded its emergency response facilities and restored several of its historical landmarks.
“The effective partnership is giving Biloxi a new face and a stronger future,” said MEMA Director Mike Womack. “Thanks to federal and state funding, a lot of rolling-up-the-sleeves and cooperation among the three partners, we’ve made great strides.”
And, there’s more to come. New fishing piers are opening, and harbor facilities and the city hall are being improved.
“There’s a dynamic rapport between Mayor Holloway and FEMA,” said Dennis Kizziah, director of FEMA’s Mississippi Recovery Office in Biloxi. “It’s partnerships like the one we have with Biloxi and its mayor that facilitate progress all along the Coast.”
Below are some of the outcomes of the MEMA, FEMA and Biloxi partnership.
- FEMA has obligated a total of more than $172,273,491 to help families and individuals affected by Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi.
- At peak occupation, there were 2,339 occupied temporary housing units in Biloxi. There are now just 10 occupied units - a 99.5 percent decrease.
- In Biloxi 218 families have relocated from FEMA temporary housing to Mississippi Cottages as part of the Mississippi Alternative Housing Program, administered by MEMA. One person is pending relocation from a temporary housing unit to a Mississippi Cottage. Sixty-five families are now cottage owners and 74 are in various stages of cottage ownership pursuit.
- FEMA continues to assist in the reconstruction of hospitals, schools, roads, bridges, power stations, government facilities, and other public services that will aid the recovery of the Gulf Coast.
- FEMA has obligated approximately $490.5 million in PA funds for the following special rebuilding sectors in Biloxi:
- Debris Removal - $61.9 M
- Emergency Protective Measures - $5.7 M
- Roads and Bridges - $1.6 M
- Public Buildings - $18.6 M
- Utilities - $366.4 M
- Parks, Recreational Facilities, and Other Facilities - $36.3
- MEMA disburses Public Assistance funds.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
- FEMA has obligated more than $3.3 million for various Hazard Mitigation Grants Program (HMGP) projects in Biloxi. HMGP projects include:
- HMGP planning grant - $135,000 with a federal share of $128,500;
- Protective measures for back-up power to the Public Safety building - $14,700 with a federal share of $11,025;
- Wind retrofit to the West Library - $13,718 with a federal share of $10,288;
- Early warning sirens - $226,139 with a federal share of $169,604;
- Wind retrofit upgrades to the Donal Snyder Center - $32,363 with a federal share of $24,272;
- Generators - $193,945 with a federal share of $145,459 ;
- Upgrades to fire stations - $598,528 with a federal share of $448,896;
- Upgrades for Emergency Operations Center - $2,137,898 with a federal share of $1,603,424;
- MEMA, as designated by the Governor of Mississippi, administers the HMGP.
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