Local governments are opening warming shelters to prepare for freezing temperatures. MEMA only reports openings that are reported to our agency by the local county officials. Warming Shelter Hancock County –  EOC/Storm Prep Building, 18335 HWY 603 Kiln, MS Open from 6:00pm to 8:00 am Friday March 11 – Sunday March 13 Harrison County – […]

Shelters and Safe Rooms

Shelters and Safe Rooms are operated on a local level. To view the statewide safe room map click here.     […]

MEMA Launches Individual Safe Room Program

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is launching the Individual Safe Room Program to help residents in disaster-prone areas build a safe room/ storm shelter from severe weather. The application process is open from August 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022. Mitigation funds from the Backwater Flooding/ Tornado Disaster (FEMA-MS-4429) will provide reimbursements […]

Emergency Management Assistance Compact

EMAC, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact is an all-hazards – all disciplines mutual aid compact that serves as the cornerstone of the nation’s mutual aid system. EMAC is the first national disaster–relief compact since the Civil Defense and Disaster Compact of 1950 to be ratified by the U.S. Congress. Since ratification and signing into law in 1996 […]

MEMA Responds to Major Winter Weather Event

UPDATE: Another winter weather storm related death was reported to MEMA on Saturday, February 20, 2021. It occurred in Oktibbeha County due to a traffic accident, bringing the total to two storm-related deaths statewide. PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the winter weather event that began to impact the […]

Governor Reeves Issues State of Emergency for Hurricane Delta

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – Governor Tate Reeves issues a State of Emergency  in anticipation of Hurricane Delta. At the time of this release, Delta is expected to make landfall Friday, October 9.  This hurricane could cause damage to homes, businesses, other property and threaten the safety of Mississippians. A state of emergency is an administrative tool […]

Governor Reeves Issues State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Systems

Pearl, Miss. (MEMA)–  Governor Tate Reeves issued a State of Emergency, Saturday, August 22, 2020 ahead of two tropical systems that could impact the state of Mississippi. These tropical systems could cause damage to homes, businesses, other property and threaten the safety of Mississippians. With the governor’s declaration, MEMA has enacted the Emergency Management Assistance Compact […]

Governor Reeves Signs New Executive Order Regarding COVID-19

Pearl, Miss. – On Thursday, March 26, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves signed a supplement to Executive Order 1463. In the order, Governor Reeves provided clarity to ensure uniform statewide parameter to slow the spread of COVID-19 including: No measures can be adopted that are less restrictive than the executive order. Any existing local measures can […]

Update for Feb. 10-14 Pearl River Flood Event

PEARL, Miss. – The Pearl River at Jackson was at 29.85 feet, as of 8:15 a.m. Monday. Water has receded across the affected areas, and river levels will continue to fall throughout the week. The Pearl River crested in Marion County over the weekend and, as of 7:30 a.m., is at 25.45 feet in Columbia. […]

February 5 Severe Weather Event Statewide Damage Report

Updated Damage Report as of Friday, February 7 at 3:50 PM PEARL – Due to the severe weather that impacted the state Wednesday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) received damage reports from affected counties and continues to assist with response efforts. At the time of this release, nine counties submitted damage reports to MEMA. […]