Posts Tagged ‘Federal Emergency Management Agency’

Insurance Department files lawsuit; looks to block federal rate hikes

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Insurance filed a lawsuit yesterday against the federal government to try to block rates from increasing Oct. 1 in the National Flood Insurance Program. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said that unless something changes, some customers could see their rates rise by more than 3,000 percent because of a […] [...]

Contract awarded to demolish flood-damaged homes on lake

GREENVILLE — The Washington County Board of Supervisors has awarded a contract for $33,455 to demolish five Lake Ferguson houses acquired this summer. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the work is being funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The supervisors began last year acquiring the five houses, which were among more than a […] [...]

Congressman, state and local leaders talk flood insurance

GULFPORT — Calling pending flood insurance increases “drastic and draconian,” U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo of Gulfport met today with state and local leaders to discuss ways to stem the tide of rising insurance rates that are due to kick in as early as October. Palazzo, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and David Miller, associate administrator […] [...]

Six months after EF4 tornado, work continues on recovery

HATTIESBURG — Saturday marked six months since an EF4 tornado tore through the Hattiesburg area, and volunteers from around the country still are pitching in to help repair and rebuild homes. Restore, Rebuild, Recover South Mississippi, also known as R3SM, is a long-term recovery agency created by the United Way of Southeast Mississippi after Hurricane […] [...]

MEMA hosts earthquake-preparedness seminar; focuses on search/rescue

PEARL — Mississippians, both residents and first responders, must be ready for an earthquake. An important focus for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is to strengthen search and rescue capabilities. This week, MEMA hosted a seminar at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, focusing on the challenges of earthquake search and rescue. Local and state first […] [...]

Cochran backing bill to delay flood insurance premium increase

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation that would delay planned National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premium increases for one year. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that approved legislation that would, among other things, impose a one-year prohibition on the use of any Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) […] [...]

FEMA awards grants for three projects, including fortifying Coast hospital

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reports that more than $18.3 million in federal funding has been approved for disaster mitigation activities in South Mississippi, including funding to reinforce the Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula and to build a special medical needs shelter in Stone County. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has […] [...]

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urges plan for hurricane season

MIAMI — U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants to make sure Americans are prepared for the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The season begins today and Napolitano will join Federal Emergency Management Agency head Craig Fugate, as well as Florida Gov. Rick Scott to urge those likely to be affected by […] [...]

Man pleads guilty to stealing $100,000 from MDA

NEW ORLEANS  — A Harahan, La., man has pleaded guilty to stealing government funds. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says Vernon Ponder pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon. Letten says Ponder applied to the Mississippi Development Authority and to the U.S. Small Business Association for money to repair his vacation home […] [...]

Tornado victims often uninsured

The regions that most need insurance after tornadoes are often the exact places that don't have much of it. [...]

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