Deadline Approaching for Local Governments to Apply for CARES Act Funds through MEMA

 PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – In August, Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency launched the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program. Through the Mississippi Legislature, MEMA was allocated $70 million of CARES Act money to reimburse county and municipal governments for COVID-19 expenses. To be reimbursed through the COVID-19 Relief Program, the county/municipality must have […]


Hurricane Laura Preliminary Damage Reports

PEARL, Miss. – Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday, August, 27 near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. Although Mississippi was spared from major impacts caused by Hurricane Laura, parts of the state still experienced tropical storm force winds resulting in power outages, flooding and spin-up tornadoes. Peak wind gusts exceeded 40 mph across […]


President Trump Approves Mississippi’s Request for Federal Assistance Ahead of Tropical Systems

PEARL, Miss. – President Trump has approved the state of Mississippi’s request for a federal emergency declaration in anticipation of tropical systems Marco and Laura. Under the approved federal emergency declaration, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures, limited to reimbursement for mass care, including evacuation and shelter support for 24 Mississippi counties. The […]


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 […]


Governor Reeves and MEMA Launch COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program

Pearl, Miss. (MEMA)–  Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are launching the MEMA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program. Through Mississippi Legislature’s House Bill 1799 and Senate Bill 3047, MEMA was allocated $70,000,000 of CARES Act money to assist counties and municipalities with their COVID-19 expenses. Through FEMA’s COVID-19 Economic Disaster Declaration, counties and […]


President Trump Approves Governor Reeves’ Request for Public Assistance Following April 22-23 Storms

Pearl, Miss. (MEMA)– Governor Tate Reeves’ request for federal public assistance for FEMA Disaster 4551 has been approved by President Trump.  On April 22-23, 2020 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding hit Mississippi causing over $8 million in damage. The following counties are now eligible for federal public assistance through this disaster declaration: Amite, Claiborne, […]


Governor Reeves Requests Federal Assistance Following Tropical Storm Cristobal

PEARL, Miss. – Governor Tate Reeves has requested a Federal Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance following Tropical Storm Cristobal, which impacted the Mississippi Gulf Coast on June 7-8, 2020. Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments were conducted by FEMA, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and local governments beginning on June 23, 2020, in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties. […]


Additional Counties Eligible for Public Assistance in Pearl River Flood Event

Pearl, Miss. (MEMA)– Governor Tate Reeves’s request for federal public assistance for FEMA disaster 4538 has been approved.  Marion, Issaquena and Sharkey counties are now eligible for  public assistance following the February 10-18, 2020 Pearl River flood event and severe weather. The following counties are also a part of the disaster declaration: Attala, Carroll, Claiborne, […]


MEMA Employee Presented Prestigious National Floodplain Management Award

PEARL, Miss. – MEMA’s State NFIP Coordinator, Stacey Ricks, was presented the national Best State Compliance award by the National Flood Insurance Program.  Ricks was nominated by his peers from across the country for this award based on his contributions to floodplain management and flood loss reduction measures in Mississippi. “MEMA’s Floodplain Management Bureau being […]


Governor Reeves Declares State of Emergency Following Tropical Storm Cristobal

PEARL, Miss. – Governor Tate Reeves has signed a State of Emergency in response to Tropical Storm Cristobal, which made landfall along the Louisiana coast Sunday evening. The storm brought heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge to the Mississippi Gulf Coast leading to extensive damage in some areas. A State of Emergency is an […]