A recently completed analysis of natural hazards that could impact the University of Mississippi, led by the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute (MMRI), has developed hazard profiles to help guide UM to cost effective ways of reducing the vulnerability and mitigating the hazards. Tornadoes are one of the top three hazards of concern.
The University of Mississippi has an existing hazard mitigation plan that was approved by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on July 6, 2006. This project will provide a periodic update / review / revision for this existing plan. The review will allow the University to evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation actions proposed in the 2006 plan and potentially alter mitigation actions and strategy. The update/review will be conducted within MEMA / FEMA guidelines with the goal of obtaining the approval of both agencies for the revised plan.
This project aims to provide the basic data set needed for well-planned economic development in the Pontotoc, New Albany, Blue Springs, and Tupelo area.
The primary purpose of this investigation is to evaluate the stratigraphy as reported for Pontotoc County and to describe for the first time, the detailed stratigraphy for a portion of Chickasaw County. Secondary goals are to use the geological maps to evaluate the potential mineral resources for the area such as industrial minerals, identify any potential trapping mechanisms that could pool accumulations of natural gas or liquid hydrocarbons, and to provide a basic set of information to assist in the development of this area of Mississippi.