Governor Barbour Requests Federal Disaster Declaration
PEARL – Governor Haley Barbour announced today that he has requested a federal disaster declaration because of the Hurricane Gustav.
“Although Mississippi was as prepared as possible to respond to Hurricane Gustav, this incident is of such severity and magnitude that supplementary federal assistance will be necessary,” Governor Barbour said Tuesday.
Based on the Governor's request, President Bush may declare that a major disaster or emergency exists, thus activating an array of Federal programs to assist in the response and recovery effort.
Governor Barbour is specifically requesting the following federal assistance:
· The Individuals and Households Program for 16 counties that experienced hurricane force winds and power outages: Adams, Amite, Franklin, George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Pike, Stone, Walthal, and Wilkinson. Counties may be added once preliminary damage assessment data is finalized.
· Disaster Food Stamp Program for those 16 counties.
· Disaster Unemployment for those 16 counties.
· Small Business Administration disaster loans for those 16 counties. Additional counties may be requested for SBA once additional Preliminary Damage Assessments are finalized.
· Hazard Mitigation Grant Program statewide.
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.