The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is sending two staff members to the Florida State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee to support response and recovery to Hurricane Michael. Michael will make landfall today as a category four hurricane along the panhandle near Panama City with winds in excess of 140 mph.
MEMA Area Coordinator Tina Reed and MEMA Planner Austin Cunningham will comprise the EMAC A-Team being deployed for two weeks. They will coordinate requests and resources coming in to Florida from other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).
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 Florida.
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.
MEMA will update this mission on its website, www.msema.org, and through its social media outlets Facebook at @msemaorg and Twitter, @msema.