The State Requests a Time Extension for Winter Weather Damage Assessments

UPDATE: March 23, 2021 – FEMA approved the State’s request for a time extension to submit for a major disaster declaration due to the Winter Weather Event that occurred February 11-19, 2021. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with county emergency management agencies and FEMA to complete these assessments by April 16, 2021.  Twelve […]


Preliminary Damage Update #1 Following March 16-17, 2021 Severe Storms

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is responding to severe weather that impacted the state on March 16-17, 2021. During this event, many Mississippians experienced multiple waves of active weather resulting in damaging wind, flooding and tornadoes. So far, the National Weather Service has surveyed and confirmed a total of six tornadoes across […]


Winter Storm Update #3

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the winter weather event that resulted in extreme cold and two rounds of wintry precipitation across the state from February 11 – February 19. MEMA is reporting an additional storm-related death in Simpson County. Statewide, there have been a total of six storm-related fatalities reported […]


Preliminary Winter Storm Damage Reports Update #2

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the winter weather event that resulted in extreme cold and two rounds of wintry precipitation across the state throughout the week of February 15, 2021. Statewide there have been a total of five storm-related fatalities reported in Warren (2), Lafayette (1), Neshoba (1) […]


Updated Preliminary Winter Storm Damage Reports

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the winter weather event that impacted the state throughout the week of February 15, 2021. During this event, many Mississippians experienced dangerous cold and wintry precipitation that resulted in hazardous road conditions and widespread power outages. “We are currently working with counties conducting […]


MEMA Responds to Major Winter Weather Event

UPDATE: Another winter weather storm related death was reported to MEMA on Saturday, February 20, 2021. It occurred in Oktibbeha County due to a traffic accident, bringing the total to two storm-related deaths statewide. PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the winter weather event that began to impact the […]


State of Emergency Declared for Winter Weather Event

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – In consultation with Governor Reeves, Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann signed the Proclamation for a State of Emergency, Sunday February 14, 2021, for Mississippi in anticipation of a winter storm predicted to impact a large portion of the state. The National Weather Service is forecasting significant amounts of ice accumulation, snow and […]


Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week 2021

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – Governor Tate Reeves has declared February 15-19, 2021 as Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi. Eighty-two tornadoes were confirmed during 2020 in Mississippi, which was the fifth most on record. April was the most active month last year with a total of 24 confirmed tornadoes, one of which set a […]


How to Appeal FEMA’s Decision for Individual Assistance

ATLANTA – If you receive a letter stating that you are ineligible for assistance or that your application is incomplete, you can still complete the application or appeal the decision within 60 days of receiving a decision letter. FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected […]


FEMA Obligates $32 Million for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs

ATLANTA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated $32 million to the State of Mississippi for costs for the COVID-19 vaccine mission. The award provides expedited federal funding to reimburse 100% of costs related to the State’s vaccination program for a 90-day period. These costs can include: Equipment and supplies needed for storing, handling, […]