2/16/21 - Winter Weather Continues | MEMA Response | SBA & PPP
The sleet and snow have moved out, but the frigid air remains. We check in with the National Weather Service on how long it will stay and if more wintery precipitation is on the way.
Then, this week’s winter storm has left Mississippi’s roads icy and has created other hazardous conditions. We hear from MEMA on the state’s response.
Plus, the Small Business Administration advises Mississippians on second draw PPP loans.
Parts of the state are waking up to single-digit temperatures this morning after a winter storm bringing freezing rain and snow moved through yesterday. The precipitation is gone for now, but the accumulated ice and snow might not be going anywhere yet - as temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for most of central and northern Mississippi. For the latest on the wintery conditions we are joined by Logan Poole of the National Weather Service in Jackson.
Yesterday’s winter weather left Mississippi’s roadways blanketed in ice and snow – creating dangerous driving conditions. The cold temperatures and accumulating precipitation is also presenting threats of power outages in heavily impacted areas. Malary White is Director of External Affairs at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. She shares more about MEMA’s response to this week’s massive winter storm.
Second draw loans for small businesses recovering from the economic hardships of the coronavirus pandemic are now available. The Small Business Administration is providing guidance related to the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The first draw loans from the PPP were quickly depleted last year, requiring Congress to replenish the coffers. Janita [JAN-eeta] Stewart is District Director of the SBA for state of Mississippi. She shares more on second round of loans with our Michael Guidry – beginning with how this draw differs from the first.