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Five Years After Katrina: FEMA Report

From: FEMA       Filed 8/25/10  GCN

BILOXI, Miss. - When Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, the face of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and thousands of lives were changed forever. During the five-year recovery process, both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency have worked with local governments and communities statewide to ensure that Mississippi rebuilds stronger and safer.

The following is a summary of the federal and state assistance provided throughout the state during the last five years:

Highlights

  • $3 billion - the total spent to help individuals and families meet their basic needs and begin to recover. This includes $1.5 billion to provide temporary housing units for families displaced by the storm.
  • 175 families - the number of families still living in temporary FEMA housing. More than 45,000 individuals and families used FEMA trailers and mobile homes.
  • 2,826 - the number of families who used a Mississippi Cottage during MEMA's Mississippi Alternative Housing Program.
  • $3 billion - the amount committed to restore schools, public buildings, roads and bridges, medical facilities, parks and other infrastructure and for debris removal and emergency response during and after the storm.
  • $294 million - federal funds for safe rooms, shelters, hurricane-proofing and other projects to reduce the effect of future disasters.

Rebuilding Mississippi infrastructure

Three billion dollars in FEMA Public Assistance funds has been obligated to rebuild infrastructure in Mississippi, including:
  • $187 million for public recreation facilities.
     
  • $890 million for public utilities.
     
  • $652 million to restore public buildings.
     
  • $91 million for roads and bridges.
     
  • $66 million for medical facilities.

Nearly 900 state and local governments in Mississippi have applied for FEMA's Public Assistance grant program. The program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned or supported facilities and the facilities of certain private nonprofit organizations. 

The program is managed and funds disbursed by MEMA.

To date, MEMA has distributed more than $2.16 billion to local governments through the program.

Preparing for future disasters

  • FEMA has obligated more than $180 million for 287 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program projects statewide. This is part of the $294 million available to Mississippi for projects to reduce the impact of disasters on people and property.
     
  • More than $138 million has been approved for shelters and safe rooms to protect approximately 69,000 residents and first responders. More projects are being reviewed.
     
  • The program provides grants to states and local governments for long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. The program is managed by MEMA who identifies and manages projects from beginning to closeout.
     
  • Since August 2005, MEMA has also assisted 92 local governments with a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan for their county/city.

Flood Insurance

  • More than $2.8 billion in National Flood Insurance Program claims has been paid to Mississippi policy holders since Katrina, with 98 percent of claims closed out.
     
  • The number of flood insurance policies since Katrina has increased from 46,982 to 76,521 - a 63 percent increase.

Assisting Individuals and Families

FEMA has provided more than $1.3 billion to help families and individuals recovery and begin rebuilding immediately after the disaster - including almost $880 million for housing assistance and $419 million to replace personal property and meet other disaster-related needs.

Almost 275,000 individuals and families received federal financial assistance; more than 126,000 Mississippi families received FEMA rental assistance.

More than 45,000 families were provided FEMA housing units.

MEMA's Mississippi Alternative Housing Program has assisted more than 2,800 families as they transition into a permanent housing solution through the use of Mississippi Cottages. Nearly

700 families have already purchased their cottage units and an additional 400 families are now in the purchase process.

The program was funded in 2007 through a $280 million federal grant to help design, build and implement a safer disaster housing unit.

FEMA's 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.

The following is a break down to the three Coastal Counties most affected by Katrina:

HARRISON COUNTY

In the five years since Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $1.15 billion in Public Assistance funding for the county and local jurisdictions and up to $53.8 million in mitigation funding for Harrison County.

Additionally, residents of the county received nearly $497 million under the federal Individuals and Households Program. This program provides direct assistance to disaster survivors for repairs to their homes, rental assistance, property replacement and other needs.

The FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private non-profit organizations.
 

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states and local governments for long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.
 

Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of Mississippi on Aug. 29, 2005 and remained at hurricane strength for 17 hours. All 82 Mississippi counties were included in the presidential declaration. The disaster was declared on the 29th.
 

Public Assistance (PWs are project worksheets, which document the scope of work and estimated cost of a single project or an element of a large or complex project.)
 

Damage Category Code Federal Share Obligated Number Of PWs Number Of PWs Closed Number Of PWs Remaining Open
A - Debris Removal $256,927,354.35 211 134 77
B - Protective Measures $45,552,866.01 387 104 283
C - Roads & Bridges $33,218,503.25 59 14 45
D - Water Control Facilities $700,137.26 6 1 5
E - Public Buildings $161,854,851.89 1092 130 962
F - Public Utilities $546,177,002.68 118 7 111
G - Recreational or Other $110,425,086.29 316 22 294
Sum: $1,154,855,801.73 2189 412 1777

HMGP (The federal share of the project amount may be up to 100 percent.)

Project Amount
City of Long Beach Fire Station #2 1,997,508
City of Biloxi Planning Update Application 135,000
City of Gulfport Planning Application 135,000
Harrison Co. School District-D'Iberville High School - FEMA 361 Shelter 10,791,472
Harrison Co. School District-West Harrison High School- FEMA 361 Shelter 10,117,236
Harrison Co. Multi-jurisdictional Planning Grant 167,815
City of Long Beach Phase III Generators 229,120
Harrison County Phase III Generators 233,995
Biloxi Early Warning Sirens 185,224
City Gulfport, Phase III Generator 167,691
D'Iberville Phase III Generators 217,255
City of D'Iberville Early Warning Sirens 141,059
Donal Snyder Center Wind Retrofit 21,720
City of Biloxi Phase III Generator 193,945
City of D'Iberville City Hall Wind Retrofit 44,371
City of D'Iberville Public Works Building Wind Retrofit 52,474
City of Biloxi Protective Measures for Emergency back-up Power at the Public Safety Building. 23,918
D'Iberville Fire Department Wind Retrofit 36,063
City of D'Iberville Library wind retrofit 57,943
Harrison County 361 Stand Alone Lobouy Road 4,356,227
Harrison County 361 Shelter Saucier/Lizana Road 4,245,179
Harrison County 361 Shelter- County Farm Road 4,260,024
City of D'Iberville Recreation Center Wind Retrofit 15,754
Gulfport, Charles Walker Community Center/ FEMA 361 Shelter Upgrade MM#245 2,852,753
Biloxi, City of Fire Stations Wind Retrofit MM#570 598,528
Biloxi, City of West Library Wind Retrofit MM#633 13,730
City of Biloxi EOC Wind Retrofit MM#618 2,137,898
Pass Christian Police Station/Command Center First Responders Shelter MM#247 3,326,375
Gulfport Municipal Complex (Downtown) First Responder's Shelter MM#301 6,204,501
French Camp Academy House Rebuilding MM#852 107,264
Long Beach Police Shelter 361 Upgrade/Retrofit Wind MM#1101 479,906
Long Beach Window & Door Protection Sr. Center/Rec Ctr. MM#1102 223,159

JACKSON COUNTY

In the five years since Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $251.5 million in Public Assistance funding for the county and local jurisdictions and up to $34.9 million in Mitigation funding for Jackson County.

Additionally, residents of the county received $268.2 million under the federal Individuals and Households Program. This program provides direct assistance to disaster survivors for repairs to their homes, rental assistance, property replacement and other needs.

The FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private non-profit organizations.


The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states and local governments for long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.
 

Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of Mississippi on Aug. 29, 2005 and remained at hurricane strength for 17 hours. All 82 Mississippi counties were included in the presidential declaration. The disaster was declared on the 29th.
 

Public Assistance (PWs are project worksheets, which document the scope of work and estimated cost of a single project or an element of a large or complex project.)
 

Damage Category Code Federal Share Obligated Number Of PWs Number Of PWs Closed Number Of PWs Remaining Open
A - Debris Removal $49,828,778.29 78 52 26
B - Protective Measures $17,561,698.10 153 77 76
C - Roads & Bridges $11,854,590.71 28 10 18
D - Water Control Facilities $57,553.20 3 0 3
E - Public Buildings $112,025,764.04 581 126 455
F - Public Utilities $40,275,165.05 74 16 58
G - Recreational or Other $19,873,700.14 119 19 100
Sum: $251,477,249.53 1036 300 736

HMGP (The federal share of the project amount may be up to 100 percent.)

Project Amount
1604 city of Moss Point building codes 251,089
Fountainbleau Community Center- FEMA 361 upgrade 584,786
Jackson County Central Vancleave FEMA 361 Shelter 2,800,000
Ocean Springs, City of Phase 3 Generator 42,558
St. Martin High School 361 Upgrade 6,083,964
City of Moss Point Generator 447,000
City of Pascagoula Generator Project Phase III 232,077
City of Gautier Phase III Generators 307,825
City of Gautier Fire Stations Wind Retrofit 98,424
City of Pascagoula- Public Works Building Hardening 230,000
City of Pascagoula Code Enforcement Building Hardening 115,000
City of Pascagoula- Police Department Building 2nd Floor Hardening 345,000
Pascagoula Elevation Project 987,485
Jackson County Acquisitions and Demolition Project 8,304,791
Ocean Springs Multi-Purpose Center FEMA 361 Upgrade 5,440,188
Ocean Springs Hospital System Wind Retrofit 1,625,430
Ocean Springs, City of- Property Acquisition MM#662 724,165
Pascagoula Pilot Mitigation Reconstruction Project 448,454
West Jackson County Community Shelter MM#94 2,725,000
East Jackson County Community Shelter MM#92 2,725,000
Gautier City Facilities Wind Retrofits Projects MM#1529 42,056
Moss Point Central Fire Station- Wind Retrofit MM# 558 324,042

HANCOCK COUNTY

In the five years since Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $508 million in Public Assistance funding for the county and local jurisdictions and up to $23.7 million in mitigation funding for Hancock County.

Additionally, residents of the county received nearly $210 million under the federal Individuals and Households Program. This program provides direct assistance to disaster survivors for repairs to their homes, rental assistance, property replacement and other needs.

The FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private non-profit organizations.
 

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states and local governments for long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.
 

Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of Mississippi on Aug. 29, 2005 and remained at hurricane strength for 17 hours. All 82 Mississippi counties were included in the presidential declaration. The disaster was declared on the 29th.
 

Public Assistance (PWs are project worksheets, which document the scope of work and estimated cost of a single project or an element of a large or complex project.)
 

Damage Category Code Federal Share Obligated Number Of PWs Number Of PWs Closed Number Of PWs Remaining Open
A - Debris Removal $44,752,961.81 48 32 16
B - Protective Measures $42,594,693.20 177 80 97
C - Roads & Bridges $35,208,521.65 23 7 16
D - Water Control Facilities $147,472.93 2 0 2
E - Public Buildings $145,401,439.83 495 83 412
F - Public Utilities $199,837,302.02 106 30 76
G - Recreational or Other $39,914,891.67 70 14 56
Sum: $507,857,283.11 921 246 675

HMGP (The federal share of the project amount may be up to 100 percent.)

Project Amount
City of Waveland Expanded Mitigation Strategies Planning Grant 484,830
Hancock County Leetown Shelter 1,913,286
Hancock County Shelter/ Necaise 1,936,864
Hancock County Shelter- Dedeaux 3,618,542
Hancock County Shelters- Kiln 3,654,286
Bay St. Louis Fire House FEMA 361 Upgrade 2,447,700
Bay St. Louis City Hall Wind Retrofit MM#361 121,995
Hancock County Stand-alone Shelters/Flat Top Catahoula MM#57 5,401,866
Waveland Police Station/FEMA 361 Shelter and Wind Retrofit MM#215 1,919,798
Hancock County Water and Sewer District MM# 1567 144,937
Hancock County EOC, FEMA 361 FEMA MM#851 2,000,000
Diamondhead Fire District Wind Retrofit MM#1527 32,640

FEMA’s 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.

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