Gov. Bryant issues State of Emergency for Severe Storms and Flooding

PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a State of Emergency in response to the severe storms and flooding that have impacted the state, beginning on May 8th, 2019.  The State of Emergency covers all counties and municipalities that were affected by the severe weather.

A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in storm response efforts.

Multiple counties throughout the state have experienced major flooding issues that have led to river flooding, backwater flooding, and multiple road closures of state highways and roads, along with county roads.

There has also been damaged assessed in Pike and Amite Counties, due to possible tornadoes

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated and has coordinated state resources to the county level through the response phase.

Residents are encouraged to report damages and unmet needs to their local emergency management office. To find your county’s emergency management office, contact information, visit MEMA’s website at

More information will be published once the response phase is complete and the assessment phase begins. You can find the latest information by “liking” on Facebook, @msemaorg and by “following” MEMA on Twitter @msema.