Mississippi Receives More Than $10 Billion in FEMA Funding Since 2005

As the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, the signs of
recovery in Mississippi ­ repaired and rebuilt schools, fire stations,
recreational facilities, museums and homes ­ are more evident with each
passing day. Since Aug. 29, 2005, new beginnings are apparent in the
communities and counties as the recovery process continues. The
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency partnered with the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, as FEMA pumped more than $10 billion into Mississippi to
assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts. ³Katrina recovery has truly
been a partnership, but it is the leadership and vision of local officials
that has driven this recovery, and the resiliency and determination of our
citizens to not be defeated,² said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham.
Rebuilding Mississippi¹s infrastructure: More than $3.2 billion in FEMA
Public Assistance funding has been obligated to rebuild infrastructure in
Mississippi. Some of this grant money includes: $678 million for the
restoration of public buildings; $350 million for public schools; $35
million for public safety projects; $69 million to restore health and
medical services; $906 million to repair or replace public utilities; $108
million for historical buildings and $92 million for roads and bridges.
Restoring the Mississippi Gulf Coast waterways: FEMA spent approximately
$97 million to clean nearly 390,000 cubic yards of debris from Mississippi¹s
coastal waters. Preserving Mississippi¹s history: FEMA¹s Environmental
Historic Preservation staff has worked in close coordination with FEMA¹s
program areas to deliver disaster assistance to the state of Mississippi.
Nearly 17,000 projects have been reviewed for potential environmental and
historic preservation issues, and 5,100 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
applications have been reviewed for placement of in-ground shelters. In
August 2007, FEMA received the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Chairman¹s Award recognizing the Federal Achievement in Historic
Preservation in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This work
included negotiating an agreement that covers a range of measures to reduce
damage to cultural resources in the event of future disasters. Also under
the agreement, FEMA is conducting surveys of undesignated or previously
unidentified historical districts and individual properties, and
re-surveying existing National Register listed districts. Preparing for
future disasters: FEMA has obligated more than $267 million for 350 Hazard
Mitigation Grant Program projects across the state. This is part of the $364
million available to Mississippi for projects to reduce the loss of life and
property. More than $159 million has been approved for shelters and safe
rooms to protect approximately 53,000 residents and first responders. More
than $2.6 billion in National Flood Insurance Program claims have been paid
to approximately 22,800 Mississippi policy holders since Hurricane Katrina.
Mississippians have learned the importance of flood insurance as the number
of policies in the state has increased from 43,892 before Hurricane Katrina
to more than 75,000 today. ³As recovery continues, it is obvious that the
state of Mississippi and its citizens have taken giant steps in the
rebuilding of this state,² said FEMA Mississippi Recovery Office Director
Dennis Kizziah. ³FEMA is proud to be part of this team.²
FEMA¹s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure
that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our
capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and
mitigate all hazards