City of Ocean Springs
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May 19, 2017 – for immediate release
Ocean Springs Receives Grant Award from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance for Continuity Plan Development
Ocean Springs, MS. – The City of Ocean Springs received a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) to initiate the development of Continuity Plans for both the City operations and businesses that are categorized as providing services that are essential during recovery from a disaster. The local businesses will be identified and invited to participate based on criteria established through coordination with the Chamber and appropriate city staff.
GOMA awarded the City this grant based on a record of successful implementation of previous Sea Grant projects that identified vulnerabilities and created strategies to reduce the impact of natural disasters. During the recent preparation of its Coastal Resilience Index, Ocean Springs also identified that local businesses need effective means to help them respond to and recover from emergencies.
"The City of Ocean Springs has made great strides toward addressing future storm and flooding vulnerabilities,” said Tracie Sempier, regional program manager for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and coastal storms outreach coordinator for the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. "This latest grant award supports the city’s proactive approach and serves as an example for other Gulf of Mexico communities.”
"The city of Ocean Springs is thankful to receive this grant award from the Gulf of Mexico alliance. Since Hurricane Katrina, staff in our Planning and Building Departments have worked to strengthen our codes and explore new sustainable methods of Building, making our city more resilient to storms and flooding. I congratulate them on their continued efforts, and thank GOMA for this funding assistance.” said Mayor Connie Moran.
Continuity Plans are tools developed by FEMA to facilitate the performance of essential functions during all-hazards emergencies or other situations that may disrupt normal operations. By continuing the performance of essential functions through and after a natural emergency, communities can ensure that essential services are provided to citizens. This enables local communities to assist in a more rapid and effective response to, and recovery from, a national emergency.
Through this project, the City of Ocean Springs will partner with the Chamber of Commerce to identify those businesses that meet the criteria of essential services and invite them to participate in this project by covering a portion of the development of their individual plan with the grant covering the majority of costs.