Posts Tagged ‘disaster’

EEI honors Entergy again for disaster response

NEW ORLEANS — The Edison Electric Institute has awarded Entergy Corporation with the association’s Emergency Recovery Award and Emergency Assistance Award. These honors recognize Entergy’s exceptional power restoration efforts after a widespread winter storm and tornadoes in December 2012 and its assistance to Alabama Power after severe storms in March 2013. This is the 16th […] [...]

A GLITCH — MEMA works out bug in WEA

by Wally Northway Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Business, disaster, MEMA, Mississippi, piblic safety

Last week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) utilized the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messaging tool for the first time. The intent of the WEA service is to better communicate emergencies and give users clear information about the threats on their cell phones and smartphones. However, there was a problem due to a glitch in […] [...]

SBA disaster loans available due to 2013 drought

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration’s federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of drought between Aug. 27 and Oct. 21, 2013. The disaster declaration includes Attala, Bolivar, […] [...]

Craig goes to D.C. for release of preparedness index

JACKSON — Jim Craig, director of health protection for the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), is in Washington, D.C., today for the public release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI), a new national index that helps states assess their level of preparedness in the areas of health and security. According to the […] [...]

Judge to hear objections to BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill. Today, however, the one-time allies will be at odds when an appeals court hears objections to the multibillion-dollar deal. That’s […] [...]

MEMA labels ‘ShakeOut’ a success — Working on virtual Business EOC

by Wally Northway Published: October 25,2013

Tags: Business, disaster, education, Mississippi, schools

At 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17, Mississippi Emergency Management executive director Robert Latham was at Bell Academy in the Delta town of Boyle, teaching the students there to drop, cover and hold on. His hopes are that they not only learned a new skill, but also that the lesson might one day save their lives. […] [...]

TVA recovers $42M toward $1B ash spill cleanup

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — About $42 million has been recovered in the last week by the Tennessee Valley Authority to help pay for more than $1 billion in expenses stemming from the cleanup at the 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee. The latest payment comes after an arbitrator ruled that one of […] [...]

Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their […] [...]

Lawyers: BP lied and withheld information about oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — BP lied to the U.S. government and withheld information about the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico after its well blew out in 2010, attorneys told a judge today. But lawyers for the London-based oil giant denied those accusations and said there was no way to prepare for such […] [...]

SBA disaster assistance available due to rain, flooding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of excessive rain and flooding beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The disaster declaration […] [...]

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