Thursday, August 31, 2006
Hurricane Katrina - By the numbers
BILOXI – Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and other state and local agencies and organizations, has been on the scene helping individuals, state and local governments, and certain non-profit organizations as Mississippi recovers from the devastation brought on by Katrina.
Billions of federal dollars have been expended during the past year. The items listed below are a quick snapshot of those expenditures.
The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is Aug. 29, 2006.
Total FEMA has already spent in Mississippi.
Total given other federal agencies to perform response and recovery tasks such as debris removal; blue roofs; water, ice and food; medical assistance and environmental assistance.
The amount of low interest loans throughout Mississippi for homeowners, renters and business owners approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
More than $2 billion in loans to 30,725 homeowners and renters;
Nearly $497 million to 4,215 businesses;
$18.4 million to 321 small businesses for working capital.
Amount paid by FEMA to 16,939 policyholders for flood claims through its National Flood Insurance Program.
Total Public Assistance given to communities and certain non-profit organizations to help recover from Hurricane Katrina, other than debris removal, includes:
Given to 274,425 Mississippi households to pay for rent, repair or Other Needs Assistance (ONA) through the Individuals and Households Programs.
More than 133,493 Mississippi Katrina survivors have received nearly $408 million in ONA. ONA is a cost-share program which is 75 percent federally funded and 25 percent state funded.
Slated for Mississippi through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to take actions to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. Administered by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
In Community Disaster Loans approved for local governments in Mississippi to help maintain essential services such as law enforcement, schools, and fire services.
Provided to the Coast Guard for two major marine debris removal projects in the Mississippi Sound. Debris will be removed from waterways extending south from
Interstate 10 to one-half mile into the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi shoreline at mean high tide as well as in waterways north of Interstate 10.
The federal government will continue to pay 100 percent of the cost for marine debris removal until May 15, 2007.
(Included in $3.2 million mission assignments listed above)
The cubic yards of debris removed from public and private property. Land-based debris removal operations for the entire state of Mississippi are 99 percent complete.
Mississippians registered for assistance through the FEMA toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for speech- or hearing-impaired applicants or online at www.fema.gov.
Storm survivors visited FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) since Katrina struck. FEMA established approximately 50 DRCs throughout the state.
Mississippians have flood insurance. That number grew by nearly 10,000 in one month this spring.
Temporary blue roofs were installed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers through FEMA’s Operation Blue Roof. FEMA assigned the mission to the Corps at a cost of $132 million.
Mississippi families have been provided travel trailers and mobile homes. Currently, 36,520 units are in use throughout Mississippi.
Volunteer agencies continue to send thousands of selfless volunteers to help rebuild the lives, the homes and the spirits of those who lost so much to Hurricane Katrina.
Their enthusiasm is one of the cornerstones of the growing optimism in Mississippi.
The new Mississippi Maintenance Call Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist applicants with mobile home and travel trailer maintenance issues.
The call center number, 1-866-877-6075, is exclusively for applicants residing in Mississippi. Staff is trained to help applicants or direct them to those who can.
To date, the center has received nearly 20,000 calls for assistance.
Editor’s Note: The numbers above are a compilation from numerous funding sources and are presented as highlights of the federal recovery process.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program.
FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.
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