Thursday, June 15, 2006

Hancock County EOC

Adult Screenings Offered:

Cholesterol
Blood Pressure
Glucose(for those adults who have fasted)
Adult screening are offered once a month for Foot Sensation and Stroke screening

IMMUNIZATIONS FOR CHILDREN UP TO AND INCLUDING AGE 18:

DTP
Hepatitis B
Hib
MMR
Polio
Meningitis
Varicella*
Pediatric DT
Influenza (seasonal)
Prevnar
Tetanus

* We administer the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine at the hospital due to the necessity of refrigeration limitations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
228-867-4246
228-867-5210
Thanks
Dianna
Case Coordinator
HCLTRC

10/25
FEMA Urges Trailer Occupants to be Cautious Regarding the Use of Heaters in FEMA Trailers As Cold Weather Comes to the Coast
From: FEMA
Filed 10/20/06BILOXI, Miss. -- With cold weather approaching, federal officials advise Hurricane Katrina survivors residing in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) travel trailers to take precautions with fire safety.
Nearly 35,000 FEMA travel trailers are currently located in South Mississippi.
FEMA urges anyone in a travel trailer to use only the built-in heater. Occupants should not use kerosene heaters, kitchen stoves or ovens, or electric space heaters.
“These trailers are equipped with heaters that are safe when used by occupants as instructed when we turn the trailer over to them,” said Nick Russo, federal coordinating officer for the Mississippi recovery. “Using unapproved devices for heat could lead to serious accident or injury.”
“Residents need to practice safety at all times,” Russo added. “Even those who’ve used these heaters before should re-familiarize themselves with how to use them safely.”
Most of the travel trailers are equipped with propane heaters, which automatically vent to the outdoors. However, using the oven or stove for heat may deplete oxygen in the trailer, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas that causes dizziness, headaches and possibly death. Residents should make sure the carbon monoxide detector is working correctly and that heater vents on the outside of the trailer are not blocked or covered. All FEMA travel trailers that have propane heaters also have carbon monoxide detectors.
Fire Program Specialist Kathy Gerstner of the U.S. Fire Administration, a sister agency of FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security, offers several fire prevention tips for residents of travel trailers:
If it doesn’t seem safe, don’t do it;
Shut off all appliances before leaving home;
Know where the propane shutoff valve is located and how to shut it off;
Keep flammable materials away from the stove top;
Know where the fire extinguisher is in the unit and learn how to use it;
Learn how to use the emergency window opening devices in the trailer;
Do not store gasoline or other flammable liquids in or under the trailer;
Do not store gasoline-powered vehicles or equipment in the trailer;
Never smoke in bed.
Finally, firefighters at every level stress the importance of having a working smoke detector. Batteries should be replaced twice a year, and officials suggest doing so when changing between daylight and standard time.
“We want everyone to be comfortable and safe this winter,” said Russo. “If those in a travel trailer or mobile home feel their health or safety is in danger at any time, they should leave immediately and contact local emergency officials.”
For maintenance or repairs, trailer residents may call the Maintenance/Applicant Support Center at 1-866-877-6075. The center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

10/10
Boil Water Advisories
http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,2938,148,html
I know this looks dated but it is the latest available as far as I can tell by the Dept of health website.
Coastal Boil-Water Alerts by County
Water systems affected by Hurricane Katrina (As of September 21, 2006)
If your water system is under a boil-water alert, take the following steps to treat your water:
Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute to kill most organisms.
If you cannot boil your water, mix eight drops (1/8 teaspoon) of unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Mix the solution thoroughly, and let stand for about 30 minutes before using.
Precautions to take:
Do not drink tap water.
Do not use ice made from recent tap water
Do not use tap water to make drinks, juices, or fountain soft drinks.
Wash dishes, fruits and vegetables in boiled water or water that has been disinfected with bleach.
Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.
Wash your hands and bathe as usual. Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
Cook with tap water ONLY if the food will be boiled for at least one minute.
Mississippi Coast Boil-Water Alerts
Hancock
Mvc Weigh Station 515
Sunrise Mobile Home Park
Tesi: Clermont Harbor
Harrison
Dupont-Dera
Gulfshore Baptist Assembly
Plantation Pines Rv Park
Tesi: Pass Christian Isles

10/2 Emergency Evacuation Registration Bungled
http://hancockcountyrelief.blogspot.com/2006/10/evacuation-registration.html

8/19 FAQ's page put together by Gulf Coast News:
http://www.gulfcoastnews.com/Katrina/GCNnewsPSAHancockFAQ.htm

The Hancock County Emergency Operations Center has been running 24-hours a day since Katrina hit. It is located at the former Annunciation Catholic School located, 5370 Kiln DeLisle Rd. in Kiln. Call 228/466-8250. We will be here to see this through.

Hancock County Stats
Home Loans Approved - 4,833 for $464,724,500
Business Approved - 780 for $99,652,000
Total Loans Approved for Hancock County - 5,613 for $564,376,500

Tax Assessor's Office - 8/2
Hancock County Board Tax Assessor Phone Number: 228-467-4425
Please consider contacted them to have your property reassessed. Otherwise you will have to pay taxes on the old assessed value!

New FEMA Call Center Open
A new Mississippi Maintenance/Applicant Support Call Center has been opened by FEMA to handle FEMA trailer maintenance problems and other issues. The call center number is 1-866-877-6075, and is exclusively for applicants residing in Mississippi. Staff is on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take calls.

8/15 Trailer Locks Not Safe
From The Times-Picayune
FEMA has key concern with its trailers
If you can open one home, you can open many, it finds
Tuesday, August 15, 2006 By James Varney
What began as a problem with a single travel trailer has mushroomed into yet another trailer fiasco for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and now the front door locks on as many as 118,000 of the temporary units might have to be changed.
What happened was FEMA learned the keys to one trailer can open as many as 50 others, a problem the agency attributed to the fact that only three companies manufacture the trailer locks in the United States. It didn't, however, learn of the issue through some crime spree, but through a report on potholes plaguing the Renaissance Park trailer lot, the biggest trailer park that FEMA operates in Louisiana with more than 570 units, authorities said.
The rest of the article can be found at
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1155622536314710.xml&coll=1

7/30 Recertification Process
From WLOX http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=4824947
A follow up to a story we brought you Tuesday about FEMA trailers and eviction letters. Dozens of people have called WLOX worried about being kicked out of their FEMA trailers. Wednesday, FEMA sent out a new release further explaining the re-certification process.
The status of nearly 40,000 FEMA trailer occupants must be reviewed every 60 to 90 days. People must show they are making progress to more permanent living arrangements like finding a new home, apartment or mobile home, or making repairs to their damaged homes.
What are the responsibilities of temporary housing occupants?
Occupants should develop and pursue permanent housing plans while living in FEMA-provided temporary housing.
Families in FEMA-provided travel trailers or mobile homes should accept the first offer of adequate, alternate housing when it becomes available.
Renters need to contact their previous landlords to find out if they will be permitted to move back into their former units.
Homeowners should follow-up with contractors on the progress of the repair/rebuilding work.
FEMA housing occupants with no housing plans will be given information and tools to help them find available housing.
What occurs during the recertification process?
Flyers will be given to the occupants or placed on their doors to inform them that the housing advisor is coming. The advisor will call to set up an appointment to meet with each applicant in the travel trailer or mobile home.
Housing advisors carry FEMA identification. While they are there, they will check the condition of the unit. If repairs are necessary, a work order request may be submitted.
Housing advisors will help each applicant develop a housing plan and direct them to resources in the community to help meet their needs.
The advisors will follow-up regularly on the progress of applicants in carrying out their permanent housing plan.

Hancock County Library Update
Wireless is back at Hancock Libraries!!
Free wireless Internet service is back at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County and Kiln Public Libraries. Customers can access the Internet from their own laptop computers inside and outside the library buildings.
Other services include:
• Recent books and DVDs available for checkout;
• Word processing capability at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library;
• Disaster, recovery and other information at Information Desks;
• Copy and fax services for a minimal fee;
• Register for new library cards or replace existing, lost cards;
• Return books to exterior book returns, including Diamondhead;
• Meeting rooms for public/organization meetings;
• Friendly, courteous staff.
More information on these and other services is available by calling (228) 467-5282 at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library or (228) 225-1724 at the Kiln Public Library.

BURN BAN IN EFFECT
Hancock County Unincorporated
1-866-647-0966

ROE DEBRIS HOTLINE 255-7538
ROW DEBRIS PICKUP 255-1427

CORPS Quality Assurance 24 HR HOTLINE
to report problems or concerns about ROE or ROW Debris Removal Problems
601-631-5065 (Live Hours M-F 9-4)

Property Damage Complaints 586-0976
SBA Application Status Check 1-800-659-2955
disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

VOLUNTEER SERVICES REGISTRATION
AVAILABLE for those in need of volunteer services, or those who want to volunteer their services, are encouraged to register at the Hancock County Emergency Operation Center at the Annunciation School 5380 Kiln-Delisle Road.
Meeting every Tues 1400

Do You Need Blankets or other items?
DONATION WAREHOUSE @ 467-9620

Contact ESF-15 Desk 466-8215 or 466-8330

FOOD Pantry OPEN @ 716 Herlihy Waveland

BEWARE OF PHONE SCAMS TELLING YOU ARE AWARDED GRANT $ REPORT IT.
467-5101
FEMA FRAUD HOTLINE 1-866-720-5721
to report complaints of price-gouging, scams, fraud and other hurricane related crimes. Or call the attorney general’s office in Jackson, MS toll free at 1-800-281-4418

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE ITEMS for EPA Pick-up
Please Call the EOC @ 466-8275

~ Attention Hancock County Residents ~
Certificate of Compliance Permits are Required for ALL Campers, Mobile Homes, Repairs, New Construction or Reconstruction @ the Building Permit Office Trailer # 15, Longfellow Rd. BSL. (228) 467-4157

RESIDENTS WANTING TO RETURN HOME Displaced Hancock County residents wanting to return to Hancock County from hotels, out-of-town temporary homes or those staying with families, need to contact the Emergency Operating Center at 228-466-8270 to make arrangements for temporary housing. Those wanting to return to their property will be put on a list to have a FEMA trailer placed. Electric, water and sewer hookups must be placed prior to placement.

EMERGENCY GROUP SITE TRAILERS ARE AVAILABLE for Families and Individuals waiting for FEMA trailers to be placed on their private property are also eligible to move into trailers located at Emergency Group (EG) sites. If you choose to move into an EG site, and your private property qualifies as a FEMA approved location, your EG site residency will not prevent you from receiving a FEMA trailer on your private property at a later date. If you have been identified as a priority on the trailer waiting list and choose to accept an EG site trailer, you will be moved to the non-priority waiting list for receiving a trailer on your property.

Are you interested in moving into a trailer at an EG site?
Please call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

FEMA Housing Locator Service 1-800-762-8740
HUD Programs General Info 1-800-955-2232
HUD Disaster Housing Assistance 1-866-373-9509

FREE Flu Shots and Childhood Immunizations are available Hancock County Health Department at 3068 Longfellow Drive, Hut # 3. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 P.M.

TEST YOUR Well Water - Samples are accepted for testing Monday thru Thursday only and must be dropped off at this location, Hancock County Health Department at 3068 Longfellow Drive, Hut # 3
Assume it’s contaminated until proven safe.

HEALH DEPT PHONE 467-4510

NUMBERS FOR ELECTRICAL INSPECTION
Waveland: Corner Central and Coleman 466-2549
Bay St. Louis: 228-463-7120
Hancock County Water and Sewer 467-6208

KATRINA HOMEOWNER GRANTS
http://www.mshomehelp.gov/

PROJECT RECOVERY MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE LINE: 1-866-856-3227

DO YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS THAT ARE NOT BEING ADDRESSED IN THE UPDATE?
Let us know by calling the Hancock County EOC at 466-8250 or WQRZ at 463-1035
katrinapio@yahoo.com

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