Home » Tag Archives: FEMA (page 2)

Tag Archives: FEMA

Post-Katrina funds bring wealth of public buildings to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

There are many vacant lots on the Coast’s post-Katrina landscape where homes, businesses and churches once stood. However, a number of public facilities have been constructed to replace those lost in the 2005 hurricane. A combination of funds through the Mississippi Development Authority, federal Community Development Block Grants, FEMA and insurance proceeds were used to finance the buildings. In Long ...

Read More »

Attorneys plan appeal of FEMA trailer ruling

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 negligence liability for providing free ...

Read More »

Cochran: More cooperation needed for flood maps

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 officials from the Federal Emergency ...

Read More »

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 that MEMA overpaid $18 million ...

Read More »

Jury deliberating FEMA trailer case

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 occupied by Lyndon Wright, 39, ...

Read More »

Thompson opposes FEMA trailer sale

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 the Federal Emergency Management Agency ...

Read More »

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 billion were provided by FEMA ...

Read More »

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 given final approval to MEMA’s ...

Read More »