FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 15, 2004

GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR REQUESTS FEDERAL ASSISTANCE DUE TO HURRICANE IVAN

(Jackson, Miss.) – As a preemptive measure Governor Haley Barbour today asked President George W. Bush to declare a major disaster in the State of Mississippi as a result of Hurricane Ivan. Governor Barbour declared a State of Emergency on September 13 for the coastal counties and all other affected areas of the state.

"Our focus is on helping our citizens receive the relief they need from the impact of this strong storm,” said Governor Barbour. “From what we can predict at this time, we will need federal assistance to aid our citizens in coastal communities to return to their normal lives.”

A preliminary damage assessment will be conducted as soon as possible after the landfall of Hurricane Ivan. The request for assistance includes individual assistance, debris removal, emergency protective measures in the first 72 hours, public assistance for local governments and infrastructure, disaster unemployment, crisis counseling, disaster legal services, and the Small Business Administration Disaster Loans program.

 


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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741