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 with the state of Florida. An emergency management team from Florida will assist  our state with our non-congregate sheltering plan. Because of COVID-19, MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel is urging citizens to use public shelters as a last resort. Non-congregate shelters provide a more long-term sheltering option if its deemed necessary. The use of the non-congregate shelter plan is dependent upon the intensity and damage these storms may bring to the state.

If a non-congregate sheltering plan is enacted, more information will follow.