Katrina Aid Today


This is an archived program and therefore, may not contain current information.


Rebuilding lives one family, one person at a time.

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies has specially trained case managers and volunteers to assist individuals with disabilities and their families.

Katrina Aid Today is a project of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church, a worldwide denomination. For 65 years, UMCOR has alleviated human suffering by providing practical support to survivors of natural and civil disasters, without regard to a survivor’s religion, race, gender or national origin.

Katrina Aid Today is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Local services are provided by the Institute for Disability Studies through a subcontract with the Mississippi Protection and Advocacy System, Inc.

Katrina Aid Today offers a number of recovery assistance services to clients, including
  • Individualized needs assessment

  • Information on local, state and national resources

  • Recovery planning

  • Housing referrals

  • Referral to employment services

  • Referral for advocacy and legal services

  • Assistance with FEMA/SBA process and application

  • Referral services and follow-up

  • Assistance with IFSP and IEP transitions from one school district to another

  • Special attention to “unmet” needs caused by Hurricane Katrina
Contact Info:
Katrina Aid Today

Institute for Disability Studies


Jerry R. Alliston, Coordinator


E-mail Jerry.Alliston@usm.edu

Recovery Assistance

In Hattiesburg, south Mississippi,
and coastal areas:


In Jackson, central and north Mississippi


1.888.671.0051 (TTY)



Institute for Disability Studies



Phone: 601.266.5163

Fax: 601.266.5114

TTY: 1.888.671.0051

Web: usm.edu/ids