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MEMA, Weather Service warning of severe storms

Spring is in the air — and so is the risk of the year’s first severe storms, particularly in the northern parts of the state. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are urging residents to prepare for the possibility of severe weather through Friday. The weather service says some severe thunderstorms and hail were expected last ...

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Coast city getting FEMA funding to fix Isaac-damaged piers

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is getting nearly $1.6 million to repair piers and jetties damaged by Hurricane Isaac in 2012 — work that U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says has been languishing because of bureaucratic environmental hurdles. Cochran, who serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to resolve a stalemate involving ...

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Concerns still high about possible flood insurance hikes

GREENVILLE — Henry Nathaniel has escaped the rising tide of flood insurance costs for now, but he’s still worried. The retired 70-year-old owns a 1,650-square-foot house valued at less than $50,000 on Greenville’s north side. He was already paying a relatively steep $550 a year to the National Flood Insurance Program. Then he got a notice in the mail saying ...

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Bryant signs hurricane deductible bill into law

JACKSON — Mississippians will see uniform rules about when hurricane deductibles apply to their homeowners insurance under a law that Gov. Phil Bryant has signed. House Bill 756, sponsored by Biloxi Republican Scott DeLano, requires Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney to rule that higher deductibles apply beginning when a hurricane watch or warning is issued somewhere in Mississippi and that they ...

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Deadline nears for disaster loans for victims of freeze

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that April 14 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in George, Greene, Jackson and Wayne counties in Mississippi as a result of the frost and freezing temperatures ...

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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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EEI honors Entergy again for disaster response

NEW ORLEANS — The Edison Electric Institute has awarded Entergy Corporation with the association’s Emergency Recovery Award and Emergency Assistance Award. These honors recognize Entergy’s exceptional power restoration efforts after a widespread winter storm and tornadoes in December 2012 and its assistance to Alabama Power after severe storms in March 2013. This is the 16th consecutive year Entergy has received ...

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Cochran supports House's version of flood insurance bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is praising the passage of legislation in the House of Representatives that, like a Senate-passed bill he helped write, would protect homeowners, businesses and communities from unreasonable flood insurance premiums without jeopardizing the stability of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Cochran said the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HR.3370) that the ...

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Disaster loan deadline nears for victim's of last year's freeze

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that March 31 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Mississippi as a result of the freeze on March 25–29, 2013. The loans are available in the following ...

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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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