Hurricane Preparedness Week Begins May 9-15, 2021

PEARL, Miss. –  Governor Tate Reeves declares Hurricane Preparedness Week for May 9-15, 2021 for the state of Mississippi. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency encourages all Mississippians to use this week to build a disaster supply kit in anticipation of the official start of hurricane season, which begins June 1. “We saw our most active hurricane […]


Preliminary Damage Update #3 for May 2, 2021 and May 4, 2021 Severe Weather Event

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the severe weather events that impacted the state on May 2, 2021 and May 4, 2021. At this time, no fatalities have been reported to MEMA from either weather event. MEMA understands that there is significant damage to portions of the state due to […]


Preliminary Damage Update #2 for May 2, 2021 and May 4, 2021 Severe Weather Event

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the severe weather events that impacted the state on May 2, 2021 and May 4, 2021. At this time, no fatalities have been reported to MEMA from either weather event. MEMA understands that there is significant damage to portions of the state due to […]


Preliminary Damage Update #1 for May 2, 2021 and May 4, 2021 Severe Weather Event

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the severe weather events that impacted the state on May 2, 2021 and May 4, 2021. At this time, no fatalities have been reported to MEMA from either weather event. MEMA understands that there is significant damage to portions of the state due to […]


President Biden Approves Mississippi’s Request for Public Assistance following Winter Storm

PEARL, Miss. –  Mississippi’s request for federal public assistance for FEMA Disaster 4598 has been approved by President Biden. Throughout the week of February 11-19, 2021, Mississippi experienced multiple rounds of winter weather resulting in an estimated $25 million worth of damage to public infrastructure. The following 31 counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw […]


Preliminary Damage Update Following April 23-24, 2021 Severe Storms

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is responding to severe weather that impacted the state on April 23-24, 2021. During this event, many Mississippians experienced multiple waves of active weather resulting in damaging wind, flooding and tornadoes. One storm-related fatality in Pearl River County and two injuries (George and Stone) have been reported […]


Preliminary Damage Update #2 for April 9-10, 2021 Severe Weather Event

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the severe weather event that impacted the state on April 9-10, 2021. The National Weather Service has surveyed and confirmed a total of four tornadoes across the state: Attala County: EF-1 with winds of 95 mph Lincoln County: EF-1 with winds of 95 mph […]


Mississippi Requests Major Disaster Declaration for Winter Weather Event

PEARL, Miss. –  Following the completion of Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments, the State of Mississippi has requested a Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance following the February 11-19, 2021 Winter Storm. During this event, multiple rounds of wintry precipitation impacted that state resulting in dangerous road conditions, widespread power outages and damage to public infrastructure. […]


Preliminary Damage Update #1 for April 9-10 Severe Weather Event

PEARL, Miss. –  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to respond to the severe weather event that impacted the state from April 9-10, 2021. Statewide, the severe storms brought with it damaging winds, hail and reported tornadoes. Survey and damage assessments continue. This morning, the state experienced around 40,000 power outages. That number has significantly decreased. […]


MEMA Executive Director Appoints New Deputy

Pearl, Miss. (MEMA) – MEMA Executive Director Stephen McCraney appoints Clayton French as the new Deputy Director for the agency. Mr. French began his tenure at MEMA in 2010 as a Public Assistance Project Officer. He worked exclusively with Hancock County, managing their Hurricane Katrina Public Assistance Grant worth $96 million. Once promoted to Public […]