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Womack to step down as MEMA director

PEARL — Mike Womack says he will not continue to serve as director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency during the Phil Bryant administration. Bryant, a Republican, will be sworn in as governor at noon Tuesday. Womack says Bryant asked him to stay on, but Womack told him the next MEMA director should be prepared to stay four or even ...

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Senators introduce new disaster recovery bill

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) have introduced legislation aimed at improving the nation’s capability to recover from major and catastrophic disasters by reforming the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The bill, which is called the Disaster Recovery Act of 2011, builds on recommendations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the ...

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State getting first-of-its-kind emergency network

JACKSON — The State of Mississippi will begin work on the nation’s first statewide broadband long-term evolution network for public safety agencies. The state has contracted with Motorola Solutions Inc. for $56 million to create the network, which will provide high-speed broadband interoperability between city, county and state emergency responders. “This network by Motorola will allow our first responders to ...

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President declares disaster as river rises to historic levels

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour today announced 11 counties along the Mississippi River have been declared federal disaster areas in anticipation of major flooding. The counties declared include Adams, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, Desoto, Issaquena, Jefferson, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson. Other counties will be added as appropriate. “This will be a monumental flood, and I ask residents to take this ...

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Baptist-DeSoto's Emergency Department elevated to Level III

SOUTHAVEN — The trauma level at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto’s emergency department has been upgraded from Level IV to Level III status, enabling the hospital to be able to serve trauma patients. Baptist DeSoto’s emergency department saw 55,757 patients last year. Of that total, 12,880 patients arrived by ambulance, and 395 were trauma arrivals. One reason for the raised trauma designation ...

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Crews to perform 'blow down' to stop gas leak

COVINGTON COUNTY — Work crews will perform a blow down today at a natural gas storage cavern in Covington County to reduce pressure caused by a pipeline leak. The process, officials say, is expected to release four million cubic feet of gas into the atmosphere. However, officials say there would be not be any health hazard because natural gas is ...

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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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State getting conservation funds

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that farmers and ranchers will receive approximately $71 million in Emergency Conservation Program funds to repair farmland damaged by natural disasters that happened in 2008 and 2009. The money will be used to remove farmland debris, restore fences, grade and shape land, repair conservation structures that were damaged by floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, ...

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City, university named StormReady

OXFORD — The City of Oxford and University of Mississippi are the latest communities to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. Mississippi now has 27 StormReady designations including 14 communities, 11 counties and the University of Southern Mississippi and now the University of Mississippi. StormReady is a nationwide program of the weather service that helps communities protect ...

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