GOV. BARBOUR REQUESTS FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION

JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour today requested President Obama declare Greene, Hinds and Kemper counties as major disaster areas, allowing residents who live in those counties to access federal government individual assistance programs. If approved, individuals will be able to utilize federal aid to help with recovery needs from the storm system that ripped through […]


GOVERNOR BARBOUR REQUESTS JOINT DAMAGES ASSESSMENTS FOR STORM DAMAGED COUNTIES

PEARL – Based upon initial figures from ongoing damage assessments by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and local officials, Governor Haley Barbour requested Individual Assistance Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Damages to homes and businesses in Greene, Hinds and Kemper counties from Friday’s storms will be assessed by the […]


Morrison Heights Baptist Church Not Open for Sheltering

PEARL –The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency announces that the Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton is NOT currently open as a shelter for victims of today’s tornado in Hinds County. A shelter location will be announced shortly. For more information, visit us online at www.msema.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook using […]


RESIDENTS SHOULD PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER, POSSIBLE TORNADOES

PEARL — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are warning residents to get ready for the threat of a significant severe weather outbreak forecast for late tonight through Friday evening. “The forecast calls for an environment that could produce violent weather in the state,” said MEMA Director Mike Womack. “Everyone needs […]


BOLIVAR COUNTY IS NEWEST STORMREADY COMMUNITY IN MISSISSIPPI

Pearl – In a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. this morning Bolivar County will become the latest Mississippi county to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. The ceremony honoring the community for achieving StormReady status will be held at the Bolivar County Emergency Operations Center, 114 South Street, Cleveland. This makes 35 […]


GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN 19 MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES

JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour today declared a State of Emergency in several Mississippi counties devastated by severe storms March 8 and 9. The counties affected include: Adams, Clarke, Greene, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lauderdale, Lee, Lincoln, Lowndes, Newton, Rankin, Stone, Panola, Pike, Wayne, Wilkinson and Yazoo. The State of Emergency order allows emergency […]


WEATHER DAMAGE REPORTS TO MEMA

Pearl – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received preliminary reports of damage from 19 counties from severe weather that began moving through the state Tuesday. One death and one injury were reported in Yazoo County from a possible lightning strike and two injuries were reported in Jasper County. The majority of damage reports are […]


SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS: PREPAREDNESS KITS

PEARL – To increase your chances of safely surviving a disaster MEMA encourages residents to develop and familiarize yourself and your family with a disaster plan and maintain a family disaster supply kit. Make sure your disaster supply kit has life sustaining items such as non-perishable food and water for at least three to five […]


Winter Weather Impacting Mississippi

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency urges residents to exercise extreme caution during an ongoing winter weather event. Reports of icy bridges and roads are already coming into the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl and conditions are expected to deteriorate through the afternoon and overnight period. Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict […]


MEMA Urges Residents to Prepare for Winter Weather

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency wants residents to prepare for the possibility of winter weather Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service predicts rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow are all possible as temperatures throughout much of the state hover near or just below freezing. The forecast calls for a storm system to […]