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DHS releases $100M for emergency system

JACKSON — The Department of Homeland Security has released $100 million approved by Congress to allow Mississippi to move forward with an interoperable communications system to improve its responses to emergencies and disasters. The $100-million grant derives from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds allotted to the State of Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. The resources will ...

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Senators want to meet about flood zone maps

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is part of a bipartisan group that is offering to work with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to resolve growing concerns with the effort to update the nation’s flood zone maps. Cochran is among 16 senators who have asked to meet with the heads of the Army ...

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NOAA using GPS technology to gauge hurricanes

BATON ROUGE, La. — How much storm surge will a hurricane drive ashore? How much rain will a hurricane that lands on the Gulf Coast bring to places as far inland as Kentucky or the Northeast? When will a monster hurricane suddenly dissipate from a record-maker to a dud? The answers to many of these questions often are tied to ...

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River communities facing flood

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi River is starting its spring climb with forecasters predicting a rise of more than a foot a day beginning at midweek. The result could be another year of flooding in the Vicksburg area. “Right now, we’re looking at above-normal potential for spring flooding,” said Marty Pope, senior service hydrologist for the National Weather Service in ...

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Witt calls for disaster-preparedness legislation

James Lee Witt, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the current co-chair of ProtectingAmerica.org is urging a subcommittee to the House Financial Services Committee to move quickly to enact legislation that would help American families and communities be better prepared for and protected from the devastation caused by massive natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and ...

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White House unveils Coast disaster plan

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Obama administration today laid out a plan to deal with the catastrophic dangers of rising sea levels, hurricanes and erosion on the Gulf Coast, and backed efforts to invest in restoring barriers islands and wetlands in Mississippi and Louisiana. Experts hailed the policy document as the strongest sign of support for coastal restoration on the ...

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Researchers see fewer, stronger hurricanes

WASHINGTON — Top researchers now agree that the world is likely to get stronger but fewer hurricanes in the future because of global warming, seeming to settle a scientific debate on the subject. But they say there’s not enough evidence yet to tell whether that effect has already begun. Since just before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005, ...

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State purchases radios for emergencies

CANTON — EF Johnson Technologies Inc. announced the State of Mississippi is purchasing $850,000 of the company’s Project 25 compliant two-way radios and accessories for use in the state’s strategic reserve in times of crisis. “We are proud to be supplying our Project 25 compliant radios to the State of Mississippi to help their first responders be prepared in the ...

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