Posts Tagged ‘disaster response’

MDEQ begins planning oil spill damage assessment

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has begun the restoration planning phase of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process in the wake of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill. MDEQ also published a Notice of Intent to conduct Restoration Planning. The state’s action was mirrored by other state and federal entities who […] [...]

State officials keeping wary eye on Bonnie

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gov. Haley Barbour and several state agencies are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Bonnie moving through the Gulf of Mexico toward the Gulf Coast, and are urging residents to prepare for potential landfall. “This storm system may bring strong winds, heavy rain and possible storm surge to Mississippi’s coastline, and I urge […] [...]

Disaster area grows from record tornado

Gov. Haley Barbour yesterday added Governor Haley Barbour added Mississippi counties with heavy damage from the weekend’s deadly tornado to his request for a federal disaster declaration. Barbour added Attala, Holmes and Warren counties to the disaster area, bringing the total number of affected counties to five. The two counties covered in Barbour’s previous declaration were […] [...]

Tornado cleanup kicks into high gear

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has developed three debris management guidance documents in response to this weekend’s storm events. MDEQ is providing information to local governments on selecting temporary emergency debris sites, the locations of existing solid waste sites, and dealing with asbestos. “As a native of Yazoo County, I understand […] [...]

Obama calls Barbour about tornado, oil spill

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama is expressing his concern for the people of Mississippi after a deadly tornado struck the state over the weekend. Obama called Gov. Haley Barbour on yesterday to discuss the federal response to the storms. At least 10 people in rural Mississippi and two in Alabama died from the storms. […] [...]

Howard product judged best by Intel

by Published: March 23,2010

Tags: computers, disaster response, technology

ELLISVILLE — Intel recently honored Howard Technology Solutions with its 2009 award for the Most Innovative Mobile Solution at the annual Intel Solutions Summit. Howard was selected for this award for Tacticomm, which Howard developed as a means to assist first-responders in mounting well-coordinated responses to emergency or crisis situations and managing public safety at […] [...]

Panel rules FEMA should pay hospital

by Published: January 28,2010

Tags: disaster response, federal agnecy, healthcare

NEW ORLEANS — An arbitration panel ruled yesterday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency must pay almost half a billion dollars to replace the hospital that served New Orleans’ poor before it was heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina. The decision ended a long-running dispute between the state and the federal agency, which argued that damage […] [...]

USDA declares virtually entire state a disaster

by Published: November 18,2009

Tags: agriculture, disaster response, federal agency, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 79 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of severe spring and fall flooding and summer drought, that occurred March 1, 2009, and continuing. Farm operators in the other three counties — Kemper, Neshoba and Newton […] [...]

Safe room getting FEMA funds

by Published: September 29,2009

Tags: disaster response, federal agency

JONES COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced approval of $2.4 million in federal funding to support the construction of a community safe room complex in Jones County, Miss. The $2.4 million represents 75 percent of the estimated cost for constructing a community safe room that can withstand hurricane and […] [...]

Commission awarded grant for wireless network

JACKSON — A $19.4-million grant has been awarded to the Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission to help build the Mississippi Wireless Integrated Network, an interoperable wireless network for first responders. The grant was presented by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The funding will be used to […] [...]

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