PEARL – Three Public Assistance Specialists from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency were deployed to New Mexico today to assist with the recovery from severe flooding in September.

“As a state, we are blessed to have talented emergency personnel working for MEMA, and we are happy to assist other states when they are impacted by disaster and request our help,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “In our times of need, we have often been on the receiving end of the help, and we are always honored to return the favor.”

New Mexico officials expect the damage could total as much as $100 million by the time the relief and recovery efforts are completed. The PA Specialists will work with state and local officials to assist with response and recovery from the impacts of the flooding.

This assistance is being provided through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. This compact allows for state-to-state support during disasters. All costs for this deployment and any additional assistance will be reimbursed by the requesting state under EMAC.

MEMA is prepared to send more support if it is requested. The expenses for deployments through EMAC are paid for by the requesting state.

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