PEARL –The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency deployed its Voluntary Agency Liaison to South Carolina this morning to support the historic flood disaster recovery.  Meredith Lee begins a two-week mission to assist with coordination of volunteer efforts.  This brings the total to eight MEMA personnel provided through Emergency Management Assistance Compact requests by the state of South Carolina.

MEMA Individual Assistance Specialist Angela Grant continues coordinating all the Disaster Recovery Centers in South Carolina for survivor assistance and has been requested to extend her mission for an additional 21 days.

MEMA’s Mitigation Office Director Jana Henderson, Public Information Officer Brett Carr, Logistics Chief Don Wilson, Operations Officer Zac Houston, Floodplain Bureau Director Stacey Ricks, and Floodplain Specialist Brent Miller have completed their missions.

“The ongoing support provided by Mississippi is a testament to the high standard of emergency management capability and experience we have built here in our state which is vital to maintain,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “We are extremely proud of the willingness of our staff to assist our friends in South Carolina during the historic flooding event.”

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 all the deployments 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 flooding disaster, visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division website at www.scemd.org

To learn more about 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 and Twitter.