Posts Tagged ‘disasters’

State registers 47th StormReady-designated community

HINDS COUNTY — Hinds County has received the state’s 47th StormReady designation. Mississippi now has 24 counties, 16 communities, four state universities and three government sites designated as StormReady in Mississippi. “One of the things that we can count on in our state is severe weather,” said Mississippi Emergency Management director Robert Latham. “I hope […] [...]

Deadline nearing for SBA drought-related disaster loans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that June 14 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Mississippi as a result of the drought and excessive heat that occurred […] [...]

EEI again honors Entergy for response to natural disasters

NEW ORLEANS — The Edison Electric Institute has honored Entergy Corporation with the association’s Emergency Recovery Award and Emergency Assistance Award for its power restoration efforts to its own customers throughout 2011 and to other utility company customers following Hurricane Irene. This is the 14th consecutive year for Entergy to receive an EEI national storm […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Womack to step down as MEMA director

by Associated Press Published: January 5,2012

Tags: disasters, emergency, emergency management, natural disasters, state government

PEARL — Mike Womack says he will not continue to serve as director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency during the Phil Bryant administration. Bryant, a Republican, will be sworn in as governor at noon Tuesday. Womack says Bryant asked him to stay on, but Womack told him the next MEMA director should be prepared […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Lawmakers want recommendations on reforming NFIP

by For the MBJ Published: April 19,2011

Tags: disasters, flood insurance, floods, homeowners insurance, homes, insurance, real estate, severe weather, Weather

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) have called for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer lawmakers its recommendations for reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which needs to be reauthorized this year. In a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, the senators requested FEMA provide these recommendations […] [...]

Delta county latest to be named StormReady

by Associated Press Published: March 18,2011

Tags: county government, disaster preparedness, disasters, federal government, severe weather, Weather

BOLIVAR COUNTY — Bolivar County has become the latest Mississippi county to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Mike Womack says 15 cities or towns, 17 counties and two state universities and one government site in Mississippi have been given that designation. StormReady is a nationwide program […] [...]

State’s anti-price gouging law found constitutional

by Associated Press Published: March 13,2011

Tags: courts, disasters, price gouging, Weather

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the state’s price-gouging law. The justices unanimously overturned a Winston County judge’s ruling that the law was unconstitutionally vague. Chancellor J. Max Kilpatrick’s ruling came in 2008, when he rejected Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit accusing a Mississippi oil company of charging too much […] [...]

Entergy Mississippi petitioning PSC for rate increase

by Associated Press Published: March 2,2011

Tags: disaster recovery, disasters, electricity, energy, state government, utilities

JACKSON — Entergy Mississippi has asked state regulators for an increase in rates to help recover money spent on storm damage repairs. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the company has asked the state Public Service Commission to increase the level of monthly accruals to its storm damage rider from $750,000 to $1.75 million and boost its […] [...]

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