Posts Tagged ‘disaster preparedness’

State ready for disasters with MEMA’s state-of-the-art emergency center

Mississippi has had its share of natural disasters with deadly and devastating tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes. Manmade disasters such as oil and chemical spills and train wrecks are no strangers either. With no guarantee these disasters will pass us by in the future, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is prepared to respond and help […] [...]

MEMA exec: Focus should be on individual preparedness, not governmental response

PEARL — After learning valuable lessons from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it’s time to shift focus from governmental response to individual preparedness, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency leaders say. MEMA executive director Robert Latham Jr., who was reappointed to the position in January after heading MEMA from 2000-2006, said he has been meeting with local officials […] [...]

State registers 47th StormReady-designated community

HINDS COUNTY — Hinds County has received the state’s 47th StormReady designation. Mississippi now has 24 counties, 16 communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady in Mississippi. “One of the things that we can count on in our state is severe weather,” said Mississippi Emergency Management director Robert Latham. “I hope […] [...]

Another county earns NWS’ StormReady designation

CLAIBORNE COUNTY — Claiborne County has received Mississippi’s 46th StormReady designation. Mississippi has 23 counties, 16 communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady in Mississippi. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service that helps communities protect their citizens during severe weather and encourages communities to take a proactive […] [...]

Corps: New $19M seawall not stairwell to beach

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Bay St. Louis seawall is not meant for public access but to protect the road and utilities from hurricanes, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Susan Rees, manager of the Corps’ Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program, tells the Sea Coast Echo the $19 million seawall is not a stairwell […] [...]

Appeals Court rules against Coast restaurant owners

BAY ST. LOUIS — The state Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that the owners of Trapani’s Eatery in Bay St. Louis cannot collect more than $300,000 they claimed to be owed by a local insurance agent after their business washed away in Hurricane Katrina. A Hancock County judge ruled against Anthony Trapani in […] [...]

Supervisors approve update to county’s hazard-mitigation plan

WIGGINS — The Stone County Board of Supervisors has approved an update of the county’s hazard-mitigation plan. Emergency management director Raven James tells The Sun Herald FEMA requires the county to have the updated five-year plan in order to receive funding in the case of a natural disaster or emergency. James says projects outlined in […] [...]

Coast shelters won’t be completed by upcoming hurricane season

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County’s three new emergency shelters won’t be ready before hurricane season begins. The Mississippi Press reports architect Walter “Buzzy” Bolton told supervisors yesterday the Hurley, Vancleave and St. Martin shelters will now likely be ready in July. A variety of construction delays have plagued the federally funded projects. The 10,000-square-foot shelters […] [...]

Ceremony to celebrate completion, opening of $19M seawall

BAY ST. LOUIS — A ceremony Wednesday will mark the opening of Bay St. Louis’ new $19 million seawall, which should give much better protection from storms than the one that was there before Hurricane Katrina’s surge flooded into the city in 2005. The Sun Herald reports the completion of the work, which began in […] [...]

W.C. Fore Trucking lands $19.1M port elevation project

GULFPORT — A $19.1 million contract has been awarded by the Port of Gulfport to elevate the first 43 acres of the West Pier to 25 feet. The Sun Herald reports W.C. Fore Trucking Inc. of Biloxi will be hauling roughly 200 loads of dirt a day to the Port of Gulfport. Officials say it […] [...]

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