Posts Tagged ‘Robert Latham’

MEMA earns NWS’ StormReady designation

PEARL — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has become the first state emergency management agency in the nation to earn the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. “This is a tremendous designation for the agency, knowing we have the plans and technology in place to protect our staff and the State Emergency Operations Center […] [...]

TVA, emergency officials braced for another arctic blast

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is once again preparing for colder-than-normal temperatures that will create greater demands on its electric system. TVA reports its power system “remains secure and stable at this time, and steps are being taken to keep it that way.” On Monday, TVA issued an internal “Conservative Operation Alert,” which […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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