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MEMA gives update on flood recovery efforts in DeSoto County

DESOTO COUNTY — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with local officials and residents in DeSoto County to assist those affected by last Thursday‘s flooding. At Gov. Phil Bryant’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration had damage assessment teams in the county yesterday. The assessments will determine if assistance will be available from the SBA in the form of ...

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MEMA warns of hottest temperatures of the year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — While Mississippians enjoyed cooler-than-normal temperatures earlier this month, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is warning residents about the current heat wave. Mississippi will see the hottest temperatures of the year this week, bringing with it dangerous heat indices. Most of North Mississippi was under a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. last night as “real ...

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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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Governor could call special session for tornado recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant may call the Mississippi Legislature into special session to help pay state government’s share of tornado recovery costs. Speaking yesterday in Louisville, Bryant told reporters that the state believes that it needs at least $8.5 million to match federal aid from the April 26 tornadoes. The National Weather Service has counted 23 tornadoes that touched ...

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Officials begin looking toward post-tornado future

WINSTON COUNTY — Rescuers were still looking for people missing after last Monday’s tornado when Louisville and Winston County officials started thinking about long-term recovery. The county of 19,000 people in east Mississippi faces three major challenges — housing for hundreds left homeless, rebuilding its health care system after the twister shattered its hospital and jump-starting storm-damaged businesses. Rebuilding will ...

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Threat continues for more severe storms

While residents across Mississippi are reeling from yesterday’s destructive tornadoes, emergency officials warn the today’s storms could bring more devastation. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service ask residents to remain weather-aware with additional severe weather expected to move through the state this afternoon through mid-evening. The National Weather Service forecast includes the threat of several modes ...

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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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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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After ice and snow, state facing new weather threat

After weeks of severe winter weather, state officials are now bracing for spring-like storms. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the threat of a severe weather system forecast to move through the state this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service says damaging wind gusts, quarter sized hail and tornadoes could threaten the entire state. Recent NWS statistics show ...

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