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Supervisors approve update to county's hazard-mitigation plan

WIGGINS — The Stone County Board of Supervisors has approved an update of the county’s hazard-mitigation plan. Emergency management director Raven James tells The Sun Herald FEMA requires the county to have the updated five-year plan in order to receive funding in the case of a natural disaster or emergency. James says projects outlined in the new plan include improving ...

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Severe storms cause widespread damage, one fatality

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Emergency management officials in Holmes County say severe weather may be to blame for one death in Lexington after a tree fell on a home late yesterday afternoon. According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, five counties so far have reported damage from severe weather that moved across Mississippi yesterday. Damage reports by county are as follows: ...

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House passes insurance-discount legislation

JACKSON — The Mississippi House passed a bill yesterday to require insurance companies to offer discounts on costly hurricane coverage in five southern counties, including three on the Coast. Discounts are required by July 2013. They would go to single-family homes and some manufactured homes for meeting strong-house standards in the current building code, those established by the Institute for ...

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Study assesses needs of town destoryed by tornado in 2010

SMITHVILLE — Based on preliminary reports from a community needs assessment in Smithville, local residents want a grocery store followed by a drug store and an auto parts store. That’s the challenge for the Monroe County town as it approaches the one-year anniversary for an April 2010 tornado that devastated it. WTVA-TV reports most business owners who elected to stay ...

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MEMA gives latest details on storm damage in north Mississippi

TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY and YALOBUSHA COUNTY — Severe storms that moved through the state last Thursday night are blamed for widespread damages to several homes in North Mississippi. Initial damage reports sent the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl show nearly two-dozen homes in Tallahatchie and Yalobusha counties were either destroyed or sustained major damage. Damage reports by county are as ...

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Six counties eligible for SBA disaster recovery loans

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses that Feb. 24 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Alcom, Benton, DeSoto, Marshall, Tippah and Tishomingo counties in Mississippi.  The SBA declared a disaster because of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that began April 23, 2011. “These counties are eligible ...

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MEMA releases damage report from weekend storms

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received preliminary reports of damages from three counties due to severe weather that moved through the state Sunday night and Monday morning. At least one injury was reported in Bolivar County. Initial damage reports by county are as follows: • Bolivar — Several homes damaged, trees and power lines down and ...

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USDA allocates emergency funding in wake of natural disasters

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi landowners and communities will have access to more than $5.46 million in emergency funding to restore land and property damaged in floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its allocation of $308 million in federal emergency funding approved by Congress last November as part of an appropriations package to ...

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Deadline nearing for SBA disaster recovery loans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds private non-profit organizations (PNPs) in Mississippi that Jan. 30 is the deadline to submit Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications. The loans are available from the SBA because of the severe storms, tornadoes, high winds and flooding that occurred on April 15–28, 2011. Eligible non-critical PNPs located in Alcorn, Attala, Chickasaw, Choctaw, ...

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