The Support Services Office maintains the following divisions within MEMA:
- Human Resources.
- Accounting and Finance.
- Grants Management.
- Facilities Maintenance.
- Information Technology.
The agency’s general support budget is comprised of approximately 54 percent state funding and 45 percent federal funding. The only federal grant that supports all-hazards preparedness efforts is the Emergency Management Performance Grant.
MEMA awards grants to counties based on a population allocation plus a stipend of $5,000 if the county has a part-time emergency management program, or $10,000 for a full-time program. This grant allows several rural counties to support personnel and resources necessary to have an emergency management program.
The Support Services Office not only manages the EMPG program, but also state general fund money, any permit money received from the Waste Isolation Pilot Program and funding received from Entergy, Inc., as MEMA helps support the company’s emergency plans for the Grand Gulf Nuclear Facility in Port Gibson.
For more information about the Office of Support Services, please contact Chuck Rhoads, Support Services Office Director, at (601) 933-6883 or firstname.lastname@example.org.