Posts Tagged ‘natural disasters’

Oklahoma storms have increased interest in home storm shelters

Seeing images of the almost unimaginable destruction from the tornado in Moore, Okla., has prompted a lot of people to make inquiries into building a storm shelter in their home. While there isn’t currently any money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for storm shelters in Mississippi, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Cochran questions returning unused CIAP funding

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning the justification behind the Department of the Interior budget request to rescind $200 million in funding intended to pay for conservation projects in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states. Cochran participated in a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2013 budget request […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Flood gates close, but levee debate heats up

by Associated Press Published: June 27,2011

Tags: disaster, flood control, flooding, floods, levees, natural disaster, natural disasters, rain, severe weather, Weather

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Steele Bayou Flood Control Structure has been re-opened. The Steele Bayou structure is located north of Vicksburg and was built in 1969 to provide backwater protection from the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers. The gates were closed on 25 April in anticipation of the historic flood water levels of 2011. These gates, […] [...]

State Port gets HUD funds to complete Katrina recovery

GULFPORT — The Port of Gulfport has received the final $481 million in federal funds to complete Katrina restoration and elevation to 25 feet, a project that will take six years. The restoration and elevation will quadruple the port’s capacity. The Sun Herald reports the port has been redesigned as it is being rebuilt so […] [...]

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