The Mississippi Research Initiative (MRI) addresses weaknesses
in dissemination and interpretation of data before (preparedness and
protection), during (response), and after (response and recovery) a
mass-casualty, all-hazard event, including the lack of interoperability and
coordination among State, local, and regional homeland security professionals.
This thrust area will address these coordination challenges beginning at the
State level with the long term goal of integrating different, but complementary,
activities occurring across the Southeast region in to one integrated approach.
This initiative will focus on areas of research involving both Mississippi
educational institutions and ORNL with particular emphasis on areas in which
Mississippi and ORNL already have complementary research capability. By
targeting complementary capabilities, DHS will be able to leverage extensive
previous investment by other organizations. Additionally, focusing on
complementary research will ensure the quickest path to technology that can be
transitioned to the homeland security community. Participating Mississippi
educational institutions include:
Alcorn State University (Lorman, MS);
Jackson State University (Jackson, MS);
Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS);
University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS); and
University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS).
To learn more about the SERRI Research projects at these institutions, please
click on the following links: