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Unemployment assistance available to storm victims in five more counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five more Mississippi counties have been declared disaster areas due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Workers in those counties who are permanently or temporarily unemployed due to the disaster may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA is available to people who lose their jobs because of disasters, but who may not qualify for regular ...

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MDEQ assessing household hazardous waste in wake of tornadoes

LEE COUNTY and WINSTON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working with officials and residents across the state to assist with storm damage and to provide guidance on the proper management of debris resulting from recent tornadoes. There are currently two household hazardous waste collection sites that will be provided for Lee County (Lee County Agri-center) ...

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Bryant calls special session of Legislature for storm-recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting tomorrow to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said yesterday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Initial estimates of ...

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Chaney asks insurers to work with storm victims

JACKSON — To assist Mississippians struggling to overcome significant losses caused by the recent storms, Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney has instructed insurers to work with policyholders in impacted areas regarding payment of premiums. The Mississippi Insurance Department has issued Bulletin 2014-3, effective yesterday, which applies to commercial property, homeowners, dwelling fire and commercial and personal automobile policies. Insurers are ...

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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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Free tetanus shots being offered to storm victims

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Tetanus vaccinations are being offered free to all residents in storm-affected counties. The Mississippi State Department of Health reminds all storm-affected residents that a tetanus vaccination is recommended if it has been 10 years or more since your last tetanus vaccination. Residents and first responders involved in storm cleanup are at greater risk of injury and tetanus ...

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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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Motorists reminded to watch for cleanup workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Relief efforts continue as the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) clears right-of-way areas affected by the recent tornadoes which hit several communities throughout the state. MDOT is reminding motorists to be aware of crews on the roadside during the recovery process and to use caution when traveling through areas where workers are present. “My deepest sympathy goes ...

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SBA disaster assistance available as death toll climbs to 14

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet says the SBA is ready to assist businesses after the announcement of the presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Mississippi affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from last Monday’s storms. The disaster declaration covers the counties of Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne and Winston in Mississippi, which ...

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Reeves opposes National Guard cuts as state reels from storms

JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has joined other lieutenant governors around the country to oppose proposed budget cuts to the Mississippi National Guard. “Mississippians have seen first-hand why the National Guard is critical to each state,” Reeves said. “These brave men and women have led search-and-rescue missions and provided support in Louisville, Tupelo and Rankin County in the aftermath ...

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