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Entergy runs hurricane drill as Atlantic season kicks off

JACKSON — To prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, hundreds of Entergy employees across the company’s utility service territory recently took part in an intensive storm drill. The drill tracked a fictional hurricane and its potential impact on Entergy’s service territory. Following Hurricane Katrina, Entergy adopted the federal and state Incident Command Structure for disasters that clearly defines the roles ...

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State officials watching gathering storm clouds

Emergency management personnel statewide are watching the skies, hoping that the Magnolia State doesn’t see the devastation and fatalities already recorded from a robust storm system that is making its way here. The official tally so far is 16 dead in Arkansas and one dead in Oklahoma from strong tornadoes. The tornado in Arkansas left an 80-mile path of destruction, ...

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MEMA taps True North to develop hazard mitigation plan

JACKSON — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has selected True North Emergency Management, LLC, to develop a regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for MEMA’s District 3. The jurisdictions include the counties of Bolivar, Carroll, Holmes, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Sunflower, Washington and Attala. Also included are Kosciusko and the towns of Ethel, McCool and Sallis. The plan is scheduled to be ...

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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 during weather emergencies.” said MEMA ...

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State of emergency declared for more winter weather

After enjoying spring-like temperatures this weekend, Mississippians are facing a new threat from winter weather today. Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency for the possibility of significant ice accumulations in the northern half of the state and severe thunderstorms or tornadoes in the central and southern parts of the state. A state of emergency is an administrative ...

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Officials, residents hunkering down as winter storm approaches

Officials are urging residents in North Mississippi to be prepared for an approaching winter storm that could bring significant icing to the region. Emergency crews were at the ready today and residents have been stocking up on groceries, buying electricity generators and gassing up their cars in advance of a winter storm that forecasters predict will bring freezing rain and ...

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Craig goes to D.C. for release of preparedness index

JACKSON — Jim Craig, director of health protection for the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), is in Washington, D.C., today for the public release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI), a new national index that helps states assess their level of preparedness in the areas of health and security. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ...

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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 Alcorn State has taken the ...

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'Drop, cover and hold on' during upcoming ShakeOut

While the earth may not move Oct. 17, officials are asking Mississippians to pretend that it does. Mississippi is one of 10 states taking part in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill, which will begin at 10:17 a.m. During the drill, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says millions of people will simultaneously practice the recommended response to ...

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