MDEQ Announces Waste Disposal Opportunities for Forrest, Lamar, and Perry Counties

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), announced Wednesday that there will be two opportunities for disposal of household hazardous wastes, white goods, and electronic wastes for residents of Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties impacted by the tornado outbreak on January 21.    The wastes will be collected at the Hattiesburg-Bobby L. Chain […]


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair or replace facilities damaged by Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight- line Winds, and Flooding that occurred during the incident period that began on January 20-21, 2017.  This notice applies to the Individual […]

Free Tetanus Vaccinations Available In Counties Affected by Weekend Tornadoes

JACKSON – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reminds all residents affected by the tornadoes over the weekend that a tetanus vaccination is recommended if it’s been 10 years or more since your last tetanus vaccination. In the event of a puncture wound or wound contaminated by floodwater, individuals should consult a healthcare provider. […]

Medicaid Partners with Others to Support Recovery Efforts

Last weekend, southern regions of Mississippi suffered damage from severe weather and tornadoes, resulting in Gov. Phil Bryant declaring a state of emergency and President Donald Trump designating four counties federal disaster areas: Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale and Perry counties. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is continually reporting recovery updates such as fatalities, injuries, home […]

Severe Weather Recovery Update : Wed. 12:30p.m.

PEARL – Updated damage reports to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency show a total of more than 1,200 homes damaged in eight counties, 549 of them were destroyed or sustained major damage.  There were also four confirmed deaths and 59 injuries from tornadoes and severe storms on Jan 21-22. Gov. Phil Bryant sent an official […]

MDEQ Offers Emergency Debris Guidance

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working with officials and residents to assist with storm damage recovery and to provide guidance on proper debris management resulting from last weekend’s tornado in the Pine Belt area. Information on emergency debris management is available at: MDEQ is currently working with local officials on […]

Volunteer and Donation Information for Tornado Recovery

  PEARL – The following opportunities are available for people who would like to volunteer or donate in support of the tornadoes and severe storms survivors in Mississippi. Monetary Donations: The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation is accepting monetary donations to help those in need. Donations can be made directly through the website: Please indicate the […]

Updated Severe Weather Damage Reports: Noon

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed four deaths and more than 20 injuries from severe weather that struck south Mississippi Saturday morning. There is extensive damage from a tornado in Forrest County in and around the cities of Hattiesburg and Petal. Gov. Phil Bryant has authorized a State of Emergency to provide […]