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Bryant appoints Michel director of the MEMA

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed retired Col. Gregory S. Michel director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Michel takes over for J.W. Ledbetter, Gov. Bryant’s senior criminal justice policy adviser, who has overseen MEMA operations since last month, when former director Lee Smithson resigned. Michel was Commander, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Hattiesburg, until last fall. He served ...

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Smithson replaces Latham

Gov. Phil Bryant has named Col. Lee Smithson as incoming Executive Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Current MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham is retiring effective Jan. 31 and Col. Smithson will begin on Feb. 1. He is currently Director of Military Support for the Mississippi National Guard and has been in that role since April 2005. Smithson has ...

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A GLITCH — MEMA works out bug in WEA

Last week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) utilized the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messaging tool for the first time. The intent of the WEA service is to better communicate emergencies and give users clear information about the threats on their cell phones and smartphones. However, there was a problem due to a glitch in the federal system. The message ...

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MEMA: Severe weather threatening north and central Mississippi

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to prepare for severe weather this afternoon and evening. According to the National Weather Service, an approaching cold front will bring the possibility of strong tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding. The latest NWS forecast calls for the threat of severe weather moving into the state around 4 p.m. and ...

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Retro fit program finds takers on Gulf Coast

The Coastal Retrofit Mississippi program, funded by $27 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covers about 90 percent of the retrofit costs. MEMA’s Mike Ferdinand said the program has about 1,354 active applicants and about 100 retrofits have been completed. Sixty-five homes are awaiting final FEMA approval before going to construction. Thirty retrofits are underway. “Some are relatively new ...

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Hurricane Isaac leaves damage, memories of Katrina in its wake

Hurricane Isaac leaves damage, memories of Katrina in its wake On Aug. 28, almost seven years to the day Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac blasted the same area. Though only a Category 2 storm, Isaac’s arrival at high tide, its direction and slow movement caused widespread damage and destruction across South and Central Mississippi from storm ...

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Hudson remembered

The late William “Son” Hudson was recently honored as the second member on the Mississippi Civil Defense/Emergency Management Association’s Memorial Wall of Remembrance. Hudson spent 14 years as the Panola County Emergency Management director from 1994-2008. He was killed while on duty in a vehicle accident in Batesville in September 2008 at the age of 65. Hudson also served Panola ...

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