The Field Services Bureau is comprised of a Director for the Northern four (4) Districts, a Director for the Southern five (5) districts, and nine (9) Area Coordinators (AC). This office administers the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG), and is responsible for maintaining the Statewide Mutual Aid Compact (SMAC) between all eighty-two (82) counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. MEMA’s Area Coordinators are assigned to the nine MEMA established districts within the state. Area Coordinators are the state’s liaisons to the local jurisdictions for emergency management activities and incidents. It is highly preferred that an AC live inside the district to which they are assigned, otherwise they MUST live within 50 miles of their assigned district. This allows the ACs to provide daily assistance with emergency management activities as well as quicker response to incidents and/or disasters. The AC’s have numerous years of combined experience and expertise in all areas of emergency management including grants assistance, law enforcement, medical services, local government, flood plain activities and fire services. On a day to day basis, the AC’s assist the County EMA Directors and municipalities with all aspects of emergency management including planning, training, exercise, mitigation, recovery and various emergency management related grants. During disasters, the “AC’s” are the conduit for communication and coordination of all MEMA support activities; they will assist the local officials with damage assessment execution, identifying urgent needs, understanding available resources, and coordinating state resources to assist local responders.
The Field Services Bureau additionally will:
- Maintain operational control of the three State Emergency Response Team (SERT) trailers
- Maintain operational control of forward Operations Centers
- Assist with execution and coordination of damage assessments after an event and the transition to the recovery phase
- Maintains multiple Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) capability for real-time disaster site aerial surveys