The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is sending a public information specialist to Hilo, Hawaii to support the ongoing recovery efforts from the Mt. Kilauea volcano eruption and lava flow disaster.
The request for support was made to Mississippi through the National Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.
MEMA External Affairs Director Greg Flynn will be deployed for 30 days in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Flynn has extensive EMAC experience having been previously deployed to the states of Iowa, Kentucky, Florida and New Jersey for various disasters.
The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is an agreement signed by all 50 states and the U.S. Territories and allows for state-to-state support during disasters. The expenses for this deployment will be covered by the state of Hawaii.
MEMA is prepared to provide additional support as it is requested.
For more information on the Emergency Management Assistance Compact please visit www.emacweb.org.