Posts Tagged ‘FEMA’

HOME GROWN ONLY PLEASE — Merchant with a mission sells only products made in America

OCEAN SPRINGS – Lynne Bassier and her husband, Joel Bassier, emigrated from South Africa to the U.S. in 2000, bringing only two suitcases each with them at the time. And although Mrs. Bassier wasn’t born in the U.S., this is a merchant with a mission to help employment and the economy of the country she […] [...]

Attorneys plan appeal of FEMA trailer ruling

by Published: July 30,2010

Tags: courts, disaster recovery, FEMA, Katrina, lawsuit

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Plaintiffs’ attorneys plan to appeal a judge’s dismissal of claims against the federal government by Mississippi storm victims who say they were exposed to dangerous fumes while living in FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled last month that a Mississippi law shields the federal government from […] [...]

Cochran: More cooperation needed for flood maps

by Published: June 1,2010

Tags: Congress, FEMA, flood maps, floods, Katrina, Weather

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is stressing the need for federal agencies to be more cooperative in dealing with Mississippi communities affected by an ongoing process to update flood maps. Mississippi’s senior senator also welcomed a decision to try to establish arbitration panels to resolve disputes. Cochran was among the lawmakers who met with […] [...]

Resolving Katrina overpayments could take a year

PEARL — The director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says all entities that may have been overpaid Hurricane Katrina grant money have been contacted, but he says it could take up to a year to resolve the issue. A March audit from the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Homeland Security said […] [...]

Jury deliberating FEMA trailer case

by Published: March 29,2010

Tags: FEMA, housing, Katrina, trailers

NEW ORLEANS — A federal jury yesterday rejected a New Orleans man’s claims that government contractors provided him with a trailer after Hurricane Katrina that exposed him to dangerous fumes, dealing another blow to those suing the trailer makers. Eight jurors unanimously decided that a trailer made by Forest River Inc. of Goshen, Ind., and […] [...]

Thompson opposes FEMA trailer sale

by Published: March 19,2010

Tags: FEMA, Homeland Security, housing, Katrina, trailers

JACKSON — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was asked today to block the distribution of tens of thousands of FEMA trailers sold through government auctions. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a letter to Holder today that flooding the market with more than 100,000 units produced for […] [...]

City facing disaster loan payback

D’IBERVILLE — The city’s success since Hurricane Katrina could mean D’Iberville will have to repay all or part of a $1.6-million federal disaster loan. City Manager Michael Janus told the Council March 2 that the loan may not be forgiven because the city has seen revenue climb since Hurricane Katrina. Loans totaling more than $1.2 […] [...]

FEMA grant repays more than $1 million to MEMA

PEARL — A $1.55-million federal grant has been approved to reimburse the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) for emergency service costs incurred after Hurricane Katrina. The decision was announced in a joint release from Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in consultation with congressional appropriations committees, has […] [...]

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