PEARL –The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is deploying its Floodplain Bureau Director Stacey Ricks and Individual Assistance Specialist Angela Grant to South Carolina to support recovery efforts to the historic flooding disaster. This brings the total of five MEMA personnel assisting in South Carolina after requests through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
South Carolina will use Stacey Ricks to assist with National Flood Insurance Program issues and Angela Grant will help coordinate Disaster Recovery Centers, which survivors will use to apply for disaster assistance and services.
“Mississippi is uniquely qualified to assist South Carolina because of our staff’s vast disaster response and recovery knowledge and experience,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “The damage is extensive and widespread in more than 10 counties; we are ready to send any additional help they request.”
MEMA Public Information Officer Brett Carr, Logistics Chief Don Wilson and Operations Officer Zac Houston are currently working at the South Carolina State Emergency Operations Center.
In addition to coordinating Mississippi’s staff, MEMA’s Susan Perkins and Kenneth Gammill have been reaching out to the other states in the southeast region as the EMAC Lead State Representatives for FEMA Region IV to ensure that all requests are filled in a timely manner. Below are the resources deployed to South Carolina from the other Region IV states:
Alabama– External Affairs support, five personnel for damage assessment teams.
Georgia– External Affairs support, Two Disaster Recovery Center Coordinators, sandbags, seven personnel for damage assessments.
Florida– Incident management team.
Tennessee– Total of 78 swift-water rescue personnel.
North Carolina– Engineer Task Force, 500 barricades, three Helicopter-Aquatic Rescue Teams, UH60 aircraft for logistical support, and a Logistics Chief.
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 reimbursed to the state by South Carolina.
MEMA is identifying additional resources that may be needed and is prepared to send more support if it is requested.
For more information on the Emergency Management Assistance Compact please visit www.emacweb.org.
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