Posts Tagged ‘disaster preparedness’

Latham returning as MEMA executive director

PEARL — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Robert R. Latham Jr. as the new Mississippi Emergency Management Agency executive director following the retirement of former director Mike Womack. This is Latham’s second time as MEMA executive director. He led from February 2000 through July 2006, including during Hurricane Katrina. “This is a tremendous opportunity to […] [...]

Supervisors close on more flood-prone homes

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County supervisors have approved a payment of $500,949 to Island Winds Title Co. to close on seven homes. The Mississippi Press reports the action brings the county closer finishing its role in a federal buyout program meant to help give relief to residents in repeatedly flooded homes. Planning director Michele Coats […] [...]

Corps in race with river to repair flood damage

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — After the monumental flood of 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division reports it has inspected and completed damage assessments reports for all levees, channel improvements, navigation channels and structures associated with the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T). From the damage assessments, a prioritized list of critical repairs was […] [...]

City officials lobbying for change in flood codes

PASCAGOULA — Pascagoula officials are asking lawmakers to amend a state law and allow local governments to enforce federal floodplain codes at hunting and fishing camps so they can qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program. City attorney Eddie Williams tells the Mississippi Press the change is required because the state’s exemption on such properties […] [...]

Two more communities earn StormReady designation

MENDENHALL and SMITH COUNTY — The city of Mendenhall as well as Smith County have earned the latest StormReady designation by the National Weather Service. Mississippi now has 41 StormReady designations that cover 16 cities or towns, 20 counties, three state universities and one government site. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather […] [...]

Hanco awarded storm shelter construction contracts

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — Pearl River County has received a low bid on three storm shelters. The Picayune Item reports the board of supervisors hopes to formally award the contract to Hanco Corp. Dec. 19 after federal and state reviews. County Emergency Management Director Danny Manley says the shelters will be located at the fairgrounds […] [...]

Ole Miss having to upgrade emergency plans

OXFORD — Recognizing the importance of preparedness when disasters strike, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency have provided a grant to help the University of Mississippi upgrade its Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. The $84,344 grant calls for an evaluation and upgrade of the mitigation plan, which was approved in 2006, because […] [...]

City gets grant to build new EOC headquarters

by MBJ Staff Published: September 15,2011

Tags: construction, disaster, disaster preparedness, emergency operations, first responders, grants

OXFORD — The Oxford Emergency Management Agency has been awarded a $750,000 grant from FEMA to build a new Emergency Operations Center in Oxford. The project is estimated to take about 18 months to complete and should be finished in the summer of 2013. The grant was awarded through a competitive process based on how […] [...]

Corps of Engineers to reinforce part of levee system

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $3.1 million to reinforce parts of the mainline Mississippi River levee at Lake Albemarle and Buck Chute. The Vicksburg Post reports that both were places the Corps and state levee officials scrambled to patch sand boils and stop sliding during the Mississippi River flood […] [...]

Damage assessment from Lee continues as new storm threatens

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to receive damage reports from the effects of Tropical Storm Lee. And, a new tropical storm has formed in the Gulf and warnings have already been issued. It could become a hurricane as early as tomorrow. So far, 30 counties have reported damages ranging from minor […] [...]

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