MEMA Partners with Ole Miss

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has teamed up with the University of Mississippi to evaluate every county on its ability to withstand earthquakes.

The partnership would identify buildings, services and roadways that can withstand considerable seismic activity.

It would also point out those that need improvement.

"If we want to estimate the damage or the extent of damage that an earthquake would have in a given area, we can input that information and then it will give us what the potential damage to infrastructure, damage to homes and residents, lives lost, injuries. And then we can better plan for response and recovery," said Robert Latham, executive director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

The federal emergency management agency has mandated an overall response plan for disasters.

MEMA will use the findings, in part, to make an argument to lawmakers for statewide building codes.