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In partnership with several public and private organizations associated with the building construction community, the Disaster Contractors Network (DCN) has been activated for the State of Mississippi.  The DCN website is designed to help connect contractors and homeowners/business owners who need repairs after disasters and can serve to connect building contractors with need subcontractors and material vendors.

 

Home builders are encouraged to register at the Disaster Contractors Network Mississippi website, ms.dcnonline.org to connect to homeowners and other contractors.  Homeowners can also use the site to find professional services, materials and labor to meet their needs.   

 

Hazard Mitigation

 

Under the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Program, FEMA seeks to increase damage resistance through improvements in codes and standards, designs, methods and materials used for new construction and post-disaster repair and recovery.  MAT teams evaluate the performance of buildings and infrastructure in response to the effects of natural and manmade disasters, and develop mitigation recommendations with local and state officials.  The recommendations address improvements in building design and construction, code development and enforcement, and mitigation activities that will lead to a greater resistance to hazard events. 

 

FEMA has prepared several resources through the MAT Program that address coastal design and construction:

  • Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast: Mitigation Assessment Team Report, Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance
  • Summary Report on Building Performance: Hurricane Katrina 2005 - Observations, conclusions and recommendations on the performance of buildings and other structures impacted by Hurricane Katrina flood and wind forces
  • Recommended Residential Construction for the Gulf Coast: Building on Strong and Safe Foundations
  • FEMA 550 Powerpoint Presentation - Recommended Residential Construction for the Gulf Coast
  • Coastal Construction Manual - Principals and Practices of Planning, Siting, Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas
  • Coastal Construction Technical Fact Sheets - Technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction of coastal residential buildings
  • Hurricane Katrina Recovery Advisories - Guidance for building design, construction and restoration

 

FEMA Best Practices and Case Studies offers success stories about mitigation ideas, activities and projects, including mitigation funding sources. 

 

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH), a public-private partnership based in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve America's housing.  Part of PATH's vision includes reducing the risk of loss of life, injury and property from natural hazards in the future.  Working with other government agencies and insurance professionals, PATH explores strategies for solving issues facing the housing industry by promoting stronger, quality housing that can withstand natural disasters. 

 

PATH offers a variety of guides and tools for homeowners and builders:

  • Disaster Resistance
  • Storm-Resistant Tech Sets
  • Hurricane Retrofit Strategies
  • Best Practices for New Construction
  • Technologies to Speed Rebuilding
  • Flood Recovery
  • Listing of Technology

 

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting disaster safety and property loss mitigation.  FLASH provides a wealth of information concerning safeguarding homes from natural disasters, including materials on strengthening doors, walls, windows and roofs against hazardous weather.

 

The Blue Sky Foundation of North Carolina is a nonprofit corporation chartered for the purpose of encouraging hazard resistant construction.  The Foundation provides information, public education and professional training which promotes safer construction, wise land use, disaster mitigation and sustainable development. 

 

State Resources

 

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is the State's lead economic and community development agency.  The MDA website contains a wealth of information and resources for businesses.

 

The Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005 is federal legislation that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in December of 2005.  This legislation provides for federal tax incentives to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma, including bonus depreciation, expansion of low-income housing tax credits and increasing new market tax credits.

 

MDA is administering the Hurricane Katrina Homeowner Grant Program, which is funded by $5.058 billion in Community Development Block Grants provided by Congress in the 2005 Supplemental Appropriations Bill.  The first phase of the program will provide up to $150,000 to residents who had homeowner’s insurance at the time of the event and whose homes were located outside the floodplain and were flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina.  Phase II of the Homeowner Grant Program will target low- and moderate-income homeowners who sustained flood damage to their homes. 

 

The June 2006 supplemental bill passed by Congress authorized the use of $400 million for FEMA to develop an alternative to the travel trailer as a temporary housing solution.  This was in response to the State of Mississippi's proposal to replace travel trailers with cottages known as the "Mississippi Cottage."  For more information on this project, please visit the Mississippi Alternative Housing Program website, www.mscottage.org.

 

The Mississippi Home Corporation is a governmental instrumentality, separate and apart from the State, charged with raising funds from private investors to finance the acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of residential housing for persons of low to moderate income in the State.  Mississippi Home Corporation offers many resources and programs to assist construction of low to moderate-income housing. 

 

The Home Builders Association of Mississippi (HBAM) is a trade association affiliated with the local builder associations and the National Association of Home Builders for the purpose of creating a climate conducive to the production of housing in Mississippi.  HBAM represents more than 4,000 members across the state, including sub-contractors, suppliers, bankers as well as many other companies involved directly in the home building industry. 

 

The Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) represents retailers, developers, modular and HUD code manufacturers, service and supply companies, factory-built home community owners and operators, and friends of the industry.  The association supports its members by providing legal, governmental, technical, informational and marketing assistance.  The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is a national trade organization representing all segments of the factory-built housing industry.  The National Modular Housing Council (NMHC) was created to provide modular manufacturers, suppliers, and builders a national voice to facilitate policies and programs beneficial to both the industry and consumers of modular homes.

 

Mississippi Renewal Forum

 

The Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal hosted the Mississippi Renewal Forum in October of 2005.  The forum was a week-long, intense, collaborative planning session or "charrette" that involved local officials, community leaders, planners, architects and engineers from Mississippi and around the world.  The forum's purpose was to develop design and rebuilding concepts for the eleven towns and cities along the Gulf Coast.  Several materials were produced as a result of the forum, including architectural guidelines and detailed reports for each town.  A Pattern Book for Gulf Coast Neighborhoods includes details and techniques for building Gulf Coast housing drawing upon the Mississippi Gulf Coast's rich architectural heritage.