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Hurricane Katrina

Mississippi: State

Project: Hurricane Katrina
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Alabama Governor Bob Riley offers Louisiana Governor Blanco and Mississippi Governor Barbour assistance if necessary, upon reviewing this morning’s National Weather Service report showing that Katrina’s most serious impact will most likely be in Louisiana and Mississippi. (Alabama 8/27/2005)

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour declares a state of emergency for Mississippi. (Mississippi 8/26/2005; Mississippi 8/26/2005)
Note - The timing of this declaration is unclear. The official documents are dated Friday, August 26. However, news reports indicate that the declaration occurs on Saturday. (Brown 8/27/2005; United Press International 8/27/2005) Further, while President Bush signs the disaster declaration for Louisiana today (see (Midday) August 27, 2005), he will not sign the Mississippi emergency declaration until Sunday morning (see Before 11:30 am August 28, 2005).

Some state governors request additional assistance today, according to Army Lt. General Honore who does not identify which specific states (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, or Mississippi) request assistance at this time. (US Department of Defense 9/1/2005)

Louisiana Governor Blanco and Mississippi Governor Barbour will specifically request additional security forces, beginning today, according to General Honore does not specifically identify the governor(s) who make this request. According to Honoree through collaboration between the adjutant general and the National Guard Bureau, additional security force capabilities begin flowing into Louisiana and to Mississippi “approximately around Sunday.” FEMA requests support in search and rescue beginning Sunday as well. (US Department of Defense 9/1/2005 Sources: Russel Honore) According to a later New York Times report, FEMA will deploy only seven of its 28 urban search and rescue teams by the end of today, and will send no FEMA staff into New Orleans until after the storm has passed. (Lipton et al. 9/11/2005) On the other hand, Knight Ridder will report that FEMA will deploy 18 search and rescue teams and 39 medical teams before the storm. (Borenstein 9/1/2005)


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