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Preliminary Damage Report August Flooding Update #1

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with local Emergency Managers to access and validate the damage caused by the ongoing Flash Flooding that began on August 22, 2022. Mississippi experienced record rainfall, some areas received 14 inches of rain within a 72-hour timeframe endangering lives and property. Currently, one injury (Wilkinson […]


SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Mississippi Affected by Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds and Tornadoes in March

WASHINGTON – Mississippi businesses and residents affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes March 22, 2022, may apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced today. Administrator Guzman made the loans available in response to a letter from Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves dated July […]


MEMA Launches Individual Safe Room Program

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is launching the Individual Safe Room Program to help residents in disaster-prone areas build a safe room/ storm shelter from severe weather. The application process is open from August 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022. Mitigation funds from the Backwater Flooding/ Tornado Disaster (FEMA-MS-4429) will provide reimbursements […]


SBA: Assistance Available to Some MS Residents Following March 30, 2022 Severe Weather Event

Disaster Field Operations Center East Release Date: July 8, 2022 Contact: Michael Lampton (404) 331-0333 Michael.Lampton@sba.gov Release Number: 22-316, MS 17503/17504 SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Mississippi Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds and Tornadoes WASHINGTON (SBA)– Mississippi businesses and residents affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes that occurred on […]


MEMA Mitigation Director Testifies Before Members of Congress

MEMA Mitigation Director Testifies Before Members of Congress   PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s Mitigation Director Jana Henderson testified on June 16th before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Henderson also serves as the Secretary for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and was selected to speak on […]


Hurricane Season Starts June 1

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts June 1 and runs through November 30. The NOAA Climate Prediction Center predicts above-average hurricane activity this year, predicting 14-21 named storms. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency urges residents to prepare for the season ahead. “Being prepared can be life-saving in the wake of a hurricane […]


Hurricane Preparedness Week May 1-7, 2022

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – Governor Tate Reeves declares May 1-7, 2022, Hurricane Preparedness Week for the state of Mississippi. The official start of Hurricane Season is June 1 – November 30. The North Atlantic Hurricane Season is predicted to be above-average with 16-20 named storms, 6-8 hurricanes, and 3-5 major hurricanes (Category 3 – Category […]


Governor Reeves Requests Major Disaster Declaration for March 30 Severe Weather

PEARL, Miss. –  Governor Tate Reeves has requested a Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden for Individual Assistance due to tornadoes and severe weather which occurred on March 30, 2022. According to the National Weather Service, 33 tornadoes swept through the state that day causing major damage to homes and injuring three people. The State is […]


Governor Reeves Requests Major Disaster Declaration for March 22 Severe Weather

PEARL, Miss. –  Governor Tate Reeves has requested a Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden for Individual Assistance due to tornadoes and severe weather which occurred on March 22, 2022. According to the National Weather Service, 27 tornadoes swept through the state that day causing major damage to homes and injuring three people. The State is […]


April 13 Severe Weather Update #2

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to work with counties to assess damage from the severe weather on April 13, 2022. At this time, at least six tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service to have occurred in Mississippi on that date. Six injuries have been reported to MEMA (2-Alcorn, […]