PEARL, Miss. – Following the severe storms and flooding from the weather events of February 10-18, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves has requested a Federal Declaration for Public Assistance.
Joint Public Assistance damage assessments were conducted by FEMA and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance personnel along with local governments beginning on March 9, 2020 in Attala, Carroll, Claiborne, Clay, Copiah, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Leflore, Warren and Yazoo Counties.
After the completion of all damage assessments, it was determined that each of those eleven counties met the threshold to receive assistance.
Issaquena and Sharkey Counties were also included in the Joint Damages Assessments, but due to ongoing flooding, the damage could not be assessed. However, the damage in these areas will be assessed at a later date.
More counties could be added to this request.
Additionally, Governor Reeves sent a declaration request to the Small Business Administration on March 19, 2020 for the same severe weather event from February 10-18, 2020. After a survey was completed on March 18, 2020 of damaged businesses in the area, it was confirmed that Hinds and Madison Counties met the damage threshold for the SBA Administrative declaration.