Governor Amends Federal Disaster Declaration Request
PEARL – Governor Haley Barbour expanded his request for a federal disaster declaration today after preliminary damage assessments were completed in many counties affected by Hurricane Gustav.
The damage from Gustav is expected to exceed $78 million.
Governor Barbour is now requesting the following federal assistance:
· Public Assistance for: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Forrest, Franklin, George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson-Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Pike, Stone, Walthall, and Wilkinson counties.
· 100 percent reimbursement for Emergency Protective Measures for the first 72 hours of the incident, beginning August 28, 2008.
· Individual Assistance and SBA disaster loans request will be submitted once Preliminary Damage Assessments are completed.
· Hazard Mitigation Grant Program statewide.
Public Assistance programs include aid for debris removal, repair to public infrastructure and facilities, and emergency protective measures such as overtime costs for preparation and response to Gustav.
Preliminary damage assessments are still underway for several Mississippi counties to determine whether federal individual assistance programs are needed. These programs could include the federal Individuals and Households Program, Disaster Food Stamp Program, Disaster Unemployment and Small Businesses Administration disaster loans to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
For more information call MEMA’s Public Information Line at 866-519-MEMA or the Media line at 866-920-MEMA or visit www.msema.org.