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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 that allows the public to ...

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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 responders learned more about the ...

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Aldermen want to land debris contractor before storm hits

MOSS POINT — The Board of Aldermen has approved a request to advertise for debris pickup in case of a storm. Alderman-at-large Houston Cunningham said the city wants to have a plan in place for debris removal in case a hurricane makes landfall this season, rather than trying to find a contractor after the storm. In 2012, after Hurricane Isaac, ...

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Naval air base becomes one of first to be named StormReady

MERIDIAN — The Naval Air Station in Meridian is the fourth government or military site to earn the National Weather Service’s StormReady designation in Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Mississippi has 26 counties, 15 communities, four state universities and four government/military sites designated as StormReady in Mississippi. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service ...

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Casino chooses local firm for data protection/recovery

BRANDON and BILOXI — The Solutions TEAM, a Brandon-based IT services outsourcing and cloud-based data protection solutions provider, has been selected by Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel in Biloxi to provide cloud-based data protection and disaster recovery solutions and services. “After a thorough analysis of all available alternatives, including software and online backup solutions, we believe The Solutions TEAM and ...

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Cochran wants White House to support federal disaster law changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking Obama administration officials to support changing federal disaster laws that draw out recovery work following major disasters. Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing on Hurricane Sandy response and recovery issues. The hearing occurred as congressional appropriations panels await the administration’s request for supplemental ...

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Latham in D.C. discusses disaster recovery with lawmakers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director is making recommendations to Congress about streamlining the recovery process in large disasters. Robert Latham says after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mississippi officials were frustrated that the federal government required separate environmental and historic preservation reviews for some projects. He says the duplicated efforts slowed recovery and a single review would ...

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Utility reports all nuclear plants safely weathered Sandy

JACKSON — Entergy Nuclear reports its Indian Point Energy Center and James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vermont have all safely weathered Hurricane Sandy. Indian Point 2, FitzPatrick and Pilgrim remained at full power while Vermont Yankee reduced power to 88 percent at the ...

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Entergy reschedules earnings call due to Sandy

NEW ORLEANS — Citing Hurricane Sandy approaching the northeastern U.S., Entergy Corporation has rescheduled its third quarter 2012 earnings teleconference to Nov. 5, 2012, from Oct. 30. “The current weather forecasts show Hurricane Sandy likely bringing with her widespread and high winds to the Northeast, beginning Monday night and potentially not dissipating until Wednesday. With many of our shareholders, financial ...

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