Governor Reeves Declares October 19-23 Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – Governor Tate Reeves declares October 19-23, 2020 as Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi. A record-breaking 115 tornadoes were confirmed last year in Mississippi. While April was the most active month for tornadoes in 2019, December was not far behind in regard to activity with a record number of 24 […]

‘Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill Set for Thursday, October 15

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is encouraging Mississippians to take part in the ‘Great ShakeOut’ earthquake drill Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 10:15 AM. During the self-led drill, participants will practice the three essential actions to take during an earthquake, which are to: DROP to the ground. Take COVER under a […]

October 15 Deadline for Local Governments to Apply for CARES Act Funds

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The deadline for local governments to apply for MEMA’s COVID-19 Relief Program is two days away, October 15. In August, Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency launched the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program. Through the Mississippi Legislature, MEMA was allocated $70 million of CARES Act Money to reimburse county […]

Preliminary Damage Reported from Hurricane Delta

DAMAGE UPDATE #4: PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – On Friday, October 9, 2020, Hurricane Delta made landfall near Creole, Louisiana, as a Category 2, resulting in damaging wind and heavy rain across Mississippi as well as a brief spin-up tornado in Franklin County. While multiple counties have received damage, the following official damage reports were submitted […]

President Trump Approves Pre-landfall Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Delta

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) –  President Trump has approved Governor Reeves’ request for a federal emergency declaration in anticipation of Hurricane Delta. Under the approved federal emergency declaration, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding for three Mississippi counties: Hancock, Harrison […]

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 […]

MEMA’s COVID-19 Relief Program Sees Surge in Applicants

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The October 15th deadline is quickly approaching for counties and municipalities to apply for MEMA’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program. Currently MEMA has distributed $13,459,667.28. Of that total, counties have received: $11,999,136.77; municipalities have received: $1,460,530.51. Currently, 221 municipalities/counties have applied for the program and 66 projects have been approved for reimbursement. […]

MEMA Purchases Building for New State Emergency Logistical Operations Center

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has purchased a facility that will act as the new State Emergency Logistical Operations Center (SELOC). The new warehouse space will serve as the primary location for MEMA’s personal protective equipment stockpile. The building is located at 1055 Mendell Davis Drive, Jackson. It sits on 16 […]

SBA Assistance Available to Three Mississippi Counties Affected by Hurricane Sally

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – Three counties in Mississippi are now eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration assistance due to Hurricane Sally beginning September 14, 2020. Those counties are: George, Greene, Jackson. In those counties, small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. MEMA did not […]

MEMA Disbursing Millions of CARES Act funds to Counties and Cities

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, as of September 17, 2020, has paid out $6,171,912.92 to counties and municipalities whose projects have been approved for reimbursement for COVID-19 expenses. Those counties and municipalities include: Alcorn, Chickasaw, Hancock, Jones, Perry, Pike, Rankin, Scott, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Wayne counties, and Clinton, Oxford, Southaven, Starkville […]