Posts Tagged ‘emergency management’

Coast residents evacuated as flood waters rise

JACKSON COUNTY — Emergence management director Earl Etheridge says several Moss Point streets were being evacuated because of floods from pounding thunderstorms. He tells The Mississippi Press his office helped Moss Point firefighters and police officers rescue people last night. Four to seven inches of rain fell yesterday afternoon, with another two to four inches […] [...]

State, Entergy sending more assistance to Sandy’s victims

NORTHEASTERN U.S. — The State of Mississippi is sending more aid to areas in the path of Hurricane Sandy, and a utility is sending more personnel to assist in restoring power. Three swift water rescue teams made up of task force members from all over the state are deploying to Maryland to assist with rescue […] [...]

State ready for disasters with MEMA’s state-of-the-art emergency center

Mississippi has had its share of natural disasters with deadly and devastating tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes. Manmade disasters such as oil and chemical spills and train wrecks are no strangers either. With no guarantee these disasters will pass us by in the future, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is prepared to respond and help […] [...]

MEMA exec: Focus should be on individual preparedness, not governmental response

PEARL — After learning valuable lessons from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it’s time to shift focus from governmental response to individual preparedness, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency leaders say. MEMA executive director Robert Latham Jr., who was reappointed to the position in January after heading MEMA from 2000-2006, said he has been meeting with local officials […] [...]

Judge dismisses FEMA from lawsuit over flooded Kmart

CORINTH — A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a defendant involving a lawsuit over 2010 flooding at the Kmart in Corinth. The Daily Corinthian reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson issued the order this week. FEMA had argued that the Flood Control Act of 1928 exempts the United States […] [...]

FEMA forgives county’s Hurricane Katrina loan

JACKSON COUNTY — The government has forgiven $10.5 million that Jackson County borrowed after Hurricane Katrina from FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan program. The Sun Herald reports the announcement came today during the county board of supervisors’ meeting. Over the years, the debt had grown to $12.6 million with interest. In a previous round of consideration, […] [...]

County fills positions

Gayle Beard, director of the Carroll County Emergency Operations Center, has been named civil defense director. The county also hired Scott Montgomery to be fire coordinator and assistant civil defense director. Beard succeeds Bobby Grantham, who was not retained by the county as civil defense and emergency management coordinator. [...]

MEMA releases damage report from weekend storms

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received preliminary reports of damages from three counties due to severe weather that moved through the state Sunday night and Monday morning. At least one injury was reported in Bolivar County. Initial damage reports by county are as follows: • Bolivar — Several homes damaged, trees […] [...]

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

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 […] [...]

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