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Report says Red Cross botched response to Issac, Sandy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The American Red Cross mishandled its responses to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and often seemed more focused on public relations than on helping storm victims, according to a report from investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica and NPR published yesterday, the second anniversary of Sandy. The report cites internal documents and interviews with current and former ...

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Louisville, Winston County leaders see opportunities after devastating tornado

LOUISVILLE — Six months after a devastating tornado, Winston County’s hospital is still operating out of tents and shipping containers, home rebuilding is sputtering along and it may be another year before a new plywood mill opens. Still, leaders in Louisville say they’re optimistic about rebounding from April 28’s devastating tornado, which killed 10 people in Winston County. They hope ...

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Ag secretary's disaster declaration prompts SBA assistance

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration’s economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Alcorn, Benton, Marshall and Tippah counties as a result of flooding, and excessive rain on June 29 through July 9, 2014. “These counties are eligible ...

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Tupelo getting funding for removal of debris after devastating tornado

TUPELO — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), are supporting the distribution of $1.95 million in new funding to the city of Tupelo for tornado damage debris removal. The lawmakers announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding, which will support Tupelo’s ongoing recovery from a deadly April 28 tornado. The award, ...

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FEMA awards grant to defray costs of moving tornado-damaged hospital

LOUISVILLE — A $1-million federal grant has been awarded to support medical service delivery in tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County. The Winston County Medical Foundation was awarded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for costs associated with the temporary relocation of the Winston Medical Center and the temporary facility to house its health care functions. The medical center sustained ...

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Bryant asks SBA to assess flood damage in DeSoto County

DESOTO COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s asking the federal Small Business Administration to send teams to DeSoto County to assess flood damage from last week’s heavy rainfall. If SBA makes assistance available, it would come in the form of low-interest loans. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says today that 10 businesses, eight apartments and four homes in DeSoto ...

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MEMA/National Guard team helping Hawaii deal with tropical weather

PEARL — A five-man team comprised of four Mississippi Emergency Management Agency staff and one Mississippi Army National Guard member has gone to Hawaii to support response efforts to Tropical Storm Iselle and oncoming Hurricane Julio. The team was requested by Hawaii Emergency Management through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. “I have been in close contact with Hawaii EMA Director ...

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Report: Mississippi sees biggest hike in home insurance premiums in U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Average annual home insurance premiums in Mississippi increased 15.5 percent during the second quarter of 2014, the largest hike of any of the 25 states that experienced increases, according to the HomeownersInsurance.com Premium Report. The average climbed to $1,170 a year. Nationally, premiums rose to $829 during the quarter, about 2.1 percent higher than in the first ...

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FEMA forgives Coast city's $5M-plus Katrina debt

PASCAGOULA — More than $5 million in loans approved for the city of Pascagoula after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have been forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city was notified of the decision this week. After the storm, many businesses and services in Pascagoula shut down, causing the city to lose millions in tax dollars and spend millions ...

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