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MEMA Preparations for Hurricane Season 2020

PEARL, Miss. – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency wants all Mississippians to be prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. May 3-9, 2020 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. “Preparation is critical, especially since we are expecting an above-average season this year. With water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico at record highs we could potentially experience […]


MEMA and UMCOR “Disaster Assistance Centers” Serving those in Need

PEARL, Miss. – This week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief served have served more than a hundred Mississippians at our Disaster Assistance Centers. Jones, Jefferson Davis and Covington County eligible residents have the chance to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance. Week One, Monday-Thursday resulted in 188 […]


Federal Public Assistance Approved for Counties Affected in Pearl River Flood

PEARL, Miss. – Governor Tate Reeves’s request for federal public assistance for counties and municipalities affected during the Pearl River Flood Event was approved by President Trump on April 23, 2020. The federal disaster declaration for February 10-18, 2020 flood event covers the following 11 counties: Attala, Carroll, Claiborne, Clay, Copiah, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Leflore, […]


MEMA to Open Disaster Assistance Centers for Easter Storm Victims

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will open Disaster Assistance Centers in the counties that are declared federal disasters following the April 12, 2020, severe weather and tornadoes. These Disaster Assistance Centers will serve the residents in Jefferson […]


Initial Damage Reports from April 22-23 Severe Weather

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is assisting counties affected by the April 22-23, 2020 severe weather event. At the time of this release, there are more than 35,000 customers without power across the state. No injuries or fatalities have been reported to MEMA at this time. As of this morning, three counties have […]


SBA Offers Assistance to Mississippi Residents Following April 12 Storms

PEARL, Miss. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering assistance to residents of Covington, Jefferson Davis and Jones Counties. These three counties were declared federal disaster areas in response to the severe storms that impacted the state on April 12, 2020. Impacted businesses and residents of Covington, Jefferson Davis and Jones counties can now […]


Initial Storm Reports from April 19 Severe Weather Event

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to assist counties affected by the April 19, 2020 severe weather. No additional fatalities have been reported, so there remains only one storm-related death from Marion County. The National Weather Service in Jackson says the EF-4 tornado reached winds of 170 mph, with a path of […]


Three Mississippi Counties Declared Federal Disasters following Easter Storms

PEARL, Miss. – Yesterday, President Donald Trump approved Governor Tate Reeves’s expedited request for a Federal Disaster Declaration for Covington, Jefferson Davis and Jones counties in response to the severe storms that impacted the state on April 12, 2020. This declaration will provide individual assistance to affected residents in Covington, Jefferson Davis, and Jones counties. […]