Posts Tagged ‘disaster recovery’

South Miss. companies working tornado cleanup in Oklahoma

PICAYUNE — Executive Recovery Group (ERG) was recently selected by the City of Moore, Okla., to monitor the town’s recovery efforts after the recent tornadoes that devastated the area. Terms were not disclosed. ERG’s role will be to monitor the removal of storm debris from public areas and right’s of way. “This clean-up effort involves […] [...]

County mulling disaster response team concept

GREENVILLE — Washington County wants to organize local disaster-response teams that will be trained to respond either in their neighborhood or workplace if a disaster strikes. Emergency management director David Burford tells the Delta Democrat Times the department is applying for grants to set up the Community Emergency Response Team units throughout the county. The […] [...]

With tar balls still common, some question end of oil spill cleanup

GULF OF MEXICO — Finding tar balls linked to the BP oil spill isn’t difficult on some Gulf Coast beaches, but the company and the government say it isn’t common enough to keep sending out the crews that patrolled the sand for three years in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Tourist John Henson of Atlanta disagrees, […] [...]

Re-election of Smithville mayor signals growth for tornado-ravaged town

by Ted Carter Published: June 14,2013

Tags: disaster recovery, EF-5 tornado, FEMA, Gregg Kennedy, Smithville

SMITHVILLE — The question of whether this tiny community ravaged two years ago by a killer tornado is ready for land-use controls and an annexation strategy received an affirmative answer from voters last Tuesday. In a campaign seen as an up-or-down vote on his call for comprehensive land-use planning and the annexation of nearby unincorporated […] [...]

USDA releases disaster recovery funding for Isaac, floods

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reports Mississippi will receive more than $6.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support recovery from recent natural disasters. The USDA has approved Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program funding to assist in the recovery from damages incurred during Hurricane Isaac […] [...]

Georges-damaged museum to reopen after 15 years

PASCAGOULA — The Scranton Museum will reopen the weekend of June 21, after being closed for 15 years. The museum, set up on a shrimp boat, has been closed since Hurricane Georges hit in 1998, causing substantial damage to the vessel. Ann Burgo, Pascagoula event specialist and Scranton Museum director who began running the museum […] [...]

Tornado relief drive at USM goes quiet in wake of Oklahoma disaster

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation reports its tornado relief and campus beautification campaigns were “entering a quiet phase” as the nation focuses its attention on tornado victims in Oklahoma. During this time the Foundation will refrain from publicly soliciting donors for the campaigns. The Foundation launched the tornado relief effort immediately following […] [...]

Deadline approaching for post-tornado loans from SBA

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages due to the severe storms and tornadoes April 11-12. The deadline to apply for physical damage is June 17. Low-interest disaster loans are available in the following counties: Noxubee County […] [...]

MDA adds $40M to Katrina fund for omitted neighborhoods

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Development Authority has added $40 million to the post-Katrina Neighborhood Home Program to reach eligible residents initially left off the list. Under the program, contractors are repairing Katrina-damaged homes not covered by previous disaster assistance. Jon Mabry, chief operations officer of MDA’s recovery division, told The Sun Herald 1,200 […] [...]

USM gets $1M from unnamed donor for tornado restoration

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has received a $1 million gift to help restore the Hattiesburg campus damaged by a Feb. 10 tornado. USM President Rodney Bennett says in a news release Monday that the check was received this past week. He said the donor did not want his name released. The tornado […] [...]

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