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PREPARING FOR THE WORST — Emergency officials ready for storms

When all the damage and losses are assessed, the storm system that ripped through Mississippi April 27-29 will go down as one the largest outbreaks of severe weather in state history. The scope of the destruction was so vast and so widespread — from North Mississippi to the Pine Belt — that officials were still trying to verify the losses ...

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A GLITCH — MEMA works out bug in WEA

Last week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) utilized the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messaging tool for the first time. The intent of the WEA service is to better communicate emergencies and give users clear information about the threats on their cell phones and smartphones. However, there was a problem due to a glitch in the federal system. The message ...

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MEMA: Severe weather threatening north and central Mississippi

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to prepare for severe weather this afternoon and evening. According to the National Weather Service, an approaching cold front will bring the possibility of strong tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding. The latest NWS forecast calls for the threat of severe weather moving into the state around 4 p.m. and ...

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Retro fit program finds takers on Gulf Coast

The Coastal Retrofit Mississippi program, funded by $27 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covers about 90 percent of the retrofit costs. MEMA’s Mike Ferdinand said the program has about 1,354 active applicants and about 100 retrofits have been completed. Sixty-five homes are awaiting final FEMA approval before going to construction. Thirty retrofits are underway. “Some are relatively new ...

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Hurricane Isaac leaves damage, memories of Katrina in its wake

Hurricane Isaac leaves damage, memories of Katrina in its wake On Aug. 28, almost seven years to the day Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac blasted the same area. Though only a Category 2 storm, Isaac’s arrival at high tide, its direction and slow movement caused widespread damage and destruction across South and Central Mississippi from storm ...

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Hudson remembered

The late William “Son” Hudson was recently honored as the second member on the Mississippi Civil Defense/Emergency Management Association’s Memorial Wall of Remembrance. Hudson spent 14 years as the Panola County Emergency Management director from 1994-2008. He was killed while on duty in a vehicle accident in Batesville in September 2008 at the age of 65. Hudson also served Panola ...

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State ready for disasters with MEMA’s state-of-the-art emergency center

Mississippi has had its share of natural disasters with deadly and devastating tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes. Manmade disasters such as oil and chemical spills and train wrecks are no strangers either. With no guarantee these disasters will pass us by in the future, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is prepared to respond and help residents recover. The Emergency Operations ...

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Resolving Katrina overpayments could take a year

PEARL — The director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says all entities that may have been overpaid Hurricane Katrina grant money have been contacted, but he says it could take up to a year to resolve the issue. A March audit from the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Homeland Security said that MEMA overpaid $18 million ...

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