Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’

Alcorn becomes fifth university to be named StormReady

LORMAN — Alcorn State University is the fifth Mississippi university to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. “University campuses can be impacted by tornadoes, as was the case last February when the University of Southern Mississippi was hit,” said NWS Jackson meteorologist-in-charge Alan Gerard. “We are very pleased that the leadership at […] [...]

Governor declares emergency ahead of Karen; river, reefs closing

GULF OF MEXICO — Tropical Storm Karen was poised to become the first named storm to hit the U.S. during what had been a relatively quiet hurricane season. Karen was forecast to lash the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a weak hurricane or tropical storm. A hurricane watch was in effect from Grand […] [...]

Eight counties report damage from storm system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from eight counties as a result of severe weather that moved through the state yesterday. MEMA says minor street flooding was reported in Hinds, Rankin, Washington and Yazoo counties. Trees were reported down in Jones and Scott counties. There was street flooding […] [...]

MEMA unveils two new emergency-alerting tools

PEARL — Mississippians now have two new public alerting tools aimed at helping citizens prepare for emergencies, and warn them of impending threats directly through their smartphones. During a news conference held at Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) headquarters in Pearl, Gov. Phil Bryant and MEMA director Robert Latham demonstrated MEMA’s new mobile phone app […] [...]

Forecasters issue heat advisory for 14 counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The National Weather Service says a heat advisory is in effect for much of west central and central Mississippi through this evening. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency in a statement yesterday said heat indexes in many parts of the state are forecast to be 105 to 108 degrees. Under the advisory are: […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 steps in as NEMA V.P.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Mike Womack has been named the interim vice president of the National Emergency Management Association. Washington Division of Emergency Management director and current NEMA president Jim Mullen asked Womack to take over the role. His term as vice president will run through Oct. 2012. Womack has been the MEMA director […] [...]

Eco-Cottage, sweet Eco-Cottage

First of-its-kind energy-efficient home nearly complete The Mississippi community most impacted by Hurricane Katrina and with the greatest need for available housing now is offering a new storm-resistant design that will also reduce residents’ energy bills. Last month, construction began on the first Eco-Cottage in the Seal Pointe neighborhood in Bay St. Louis. The three-bedroom, […] [...]

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