Home » Tag Archives: emergency preparedness

Tag Archives: emergency preparedness

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 ...

Read More »

County becomes 26th in state to earn StormReady title

GRENADA COUNTY — The National Weather Service has certified Grenada County under its StormReady emergency preparedness program. Alan Gerard, meteorologist in charge of the NWS office in Jackson, said Grenada is in a very active region for tornadoes, so the designation is an indication it is ready to handle a weather emergency. In Mississippi, 26 counties, 17 communities, four state ...

Read More »

State scores high in emergency preparedness

The seventh-annual “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” report, released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), found that the H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious underlying gaps in the nation’s ability to respond to public health emergencies and that the economic crisis is straining an already ...

Read More »

MEMA awards LEPC grants

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has awarded Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) grants to 27 Mississippi counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI). The grants will assist the LEPCs in each county with emergency preparedness, response and public education about hazardous materials. The funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Hazardous ...

Read More »

MSWIN successfully demonstrated

GULFPORT — Gov. Haley Barbour has conducted the first public demonstration of a new wireless emergency communications network designed to allow officials and first responders to communicate quickly and effectively in times of crisis. In a demonstration staged from the emergency operations center at the National Guard Headquarters in Gulfport, which would serve as the state’s forward operations center during ...

Read More »

Center getting federal money

KILN — Plans to construct a new Emergency Operations Center to serve Hancock County can now move forward with the support of a $1.5-million federal grant, announced Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The grant award has been given final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The application for the center, which will be located in ...

Read More »

Emergency preparedness funds awarded

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced final approval for four grants worth more than $11.3 million in federal funding that will allow the City of Gulfport, Jackson County and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to carryout emergency preparedness projects and overcome recovery costs associated with Hurricane Katrina. Cochran, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee ...

Read More »