January Storm Survivors: Registration Deadline Has Passed but Stay in Touch With FEMA to Keep Recovery Going

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The deadline to register with FEMA was March 27, but you can still call to check on the status of your application, appeal a decision by FEMA, update your contact information, provide updated documentation or ask questions about the process. Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. If you registered […]


STATE/FEMA Assistance to Mississippi Disaster Survivors Tops $3 Million

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Nearly two months since President Trump declared a major disaster after the Jan. 21 severe storms and tornadoes in Mississippi, more than $3 million in assistance to individuals and households has been approved by MEMA and FEMA. This includes nearly $2.2 million in FEMA housing assistance – grant money for repairing and […]


MDEQ Announces Waste Disposal Opportunities for Forrest, Lamar, and Perry Counties

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), announced Wednesday that there will be two opportunities for disposal of household hazardous wastes, white goods, and electronic wastes for residents of Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties impacted by the tornado outbreak on January 21.    The wastes will be collected at the Hattiesburg-Bobby L. Chain […]


Severe Weather Recovery Update : Wed. 12:30p.m.

PEARL – Updated damage reports to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency show a total of more than 1,200 homes damaged in eight counties, 549 of them were destroyed or sustained major damage.  There were also four confirmed deaths and 59 injuries from tornadoes and severe storms on Jan 21-22. Gov. Phil Bryant sent an official […]


Volunteer and Donation Information for Tornado Recovery

  PEARL – The following opportunities are available for people who would like to volunteer or donate in support of the tornadoes and severe storms survivors in Mississippi. Monetary Donations: The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation is accepting monetary donations to help those in need. Donations can be made directly through the website: www.PineBeltFoundation.org. Please indicate the […]


Updated Severe Weather Damage Reports: Noon

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed four deaths and more than 20 injuries from severe weather that struck south Mississippi Saturday morning. There is extensive damage from a tornado in Forrest County in and around the cities of Hattiesburg and Petal. Gov. Phil Bryant has authorized a State of Emergency to provide […]


Tornado Damage Reports to MEMA – January 21, 2017

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is receiving reports of extensive damage from ongoing severe weather Saturday morning. Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties are all reporting structural damage. MEMA is coordinating response efforts. Search and Rescue teams are being deployed to assist Forrest County emergency management in the Hattiesburg area.  The Mississippi Highway Patrol […]