Posts Tagged ‘disaster response’

Report says Red Cross botched response to Issac, Sandy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The American Red Cross mishandled its responses to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and often seemed more focused on public relations than on helping storm victims, according to a report from investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica and NPR published yesterday, the second anniversary of Sandy. The report cites internal documents and […] [...]

Governor declares state of emergency in DeSoto County folllowing heavy rains

DESOTO COUNTY — Parts of DeSoto County are drying out after storms brought heavy rain and some flooding to parts of the county. Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency yesterday after severe storms pounded the northern part of the state and Tennessee. The DeSoto County Emergency Management officials said homes and roads were […] [...]

MEMA/National Guard team helping Hawaii deal with tropical weather

PEARL — A five-man team comprised of four Mississippi Emergency Management Agency staff and one Mississippi Army National Guard member has gone to Hawaii to support response efforts to Tropical Storm Iselle and oncoming Hurricane Julio. The team was requested by Hawaii Emergency Management through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. “I have been in close […] [...]

Twenty counties see storm damage; death toll climbs to 12

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of at 12 deaths and widespread damages related to the severe weather and tornadoes that moved through the state Monday. The counties reporting storm-related deaths are as follows: Issaquena: One death. Lee: One death. Rankin: One death. Winston: Nine deaths. National Weather Service survey […] [...]

MEMA taps True North to develop hazard mitigation plan

JACKSON — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has selected True North Emergency Management, LLC, to develop a regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for MEMA’s District 3. The jurisdictions include the counties of Bolivar, Carroll, Holmes, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Sunflower, Washington and Attala. Also included are Kosciusko and the towns of Ethel, McCool and Sallis. The […] [...]

Board petitioning supervisors for emergency radio funding

HERNANDO — The DeSoto Board of Supervisors will hear a request this week from the 911 board for a rate increase to help fund a new radio system. The Commercial Appeal reports the DeSoto 911 Emergency Communications District is asking board approval to increase fees to the state tariff rate approved in 1993. The monthly […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Cochran co-sponsors bill streamlining SBA’s response time

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., have introduced a bill designed to make U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster programs more responsive to the needs of small businesses impacted by disasters. The bill is also co-sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. According to […] [...]

Cleanup from tornado hampered by rain, thunderstorms

HATTIESBURG — Rain and thunderstorms were likely to complicate work today to clean up the debris strewn across southern Mississippi by a tornado, which left residents marveling that no one died despite the severity of the destruction. Roofs were torn from homes and massive trees were tossed across houses. In one part of Hattiesburg, the […] [...]

MEMA gives update on storm damage; thousands without power

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued an update on the damage and injuries caused by yesterday’s potent storm system. MEMA has received reports of damage from seven counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state. No fatalities have been reported. The state has deployed a mobile […] [...]

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