Five Tornado Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Mississippi

PEARL, Miss. — Five state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in Mississippi to help people whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. All are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. More centers are scheduled for opening soon to help survivors who […]

State agencies responding to storm recovery and river flooding

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with other state agencies as well as the Salvation Army and Red Cross to assist those recovering from severe storms and preparing for the Mississippi River flooding. The following are reports of ongoing operations: MEMA: The State Emergency Operations Center is operating at Level 1, the […]

Mississippi Storm Damage Update

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation of 35 storm-related deaths. The most recent death was reported from Monroe County during search and recovery efforts. Statewide preliminary damage assessments show 2,527 homes have been damaged with 993 deemed destroyed or suffering major damage. There are 104 businesses damaged with 62 of those […]

Mississippi storm deaths, injuries and damages increase

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation of 34 storm related deaths and 163 injuries from severe weather that moved through the state Tuesday through Wednesday night. The most recent death was reported from Marshall County where a firefighter died of an apparent heart attack while clearing debris. There are also initial […]

Rare EF-5 Tornado confirmed in Monroe County

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation from the National Weather Service in Memphis that an EF-5 tornado with winds up to 205 mph struck the city of Smithville in Monroe County Wednesday afternoon. This is the highest rating for tornado damage and the first EF-5 tornado to hit Mississippi since March […]


JACKSON – Governor Barbour today declared a State of Emergency for 39 Mississippi counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians after severe storms moved across the state. The counties of Adams, Alcorn, Attala, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Covington, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Issaquena, Kemper, Lafayette, Lauderdale, Leake, Leflore, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Panola, Pike, […]

Mississippi Storm Death Total Drops to Five

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received an amended report from Webster County that there is only one death from severe storms that moved through overnight. There are a total of five deaths reported statewide by county emergency management agencies. Choctaw, Lafayette, Pike, Webster and Yazoo counties are all reporting one death each. […]

April 24 Tornado: One Year Later

PEARL —Sunday marks the one year anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters to hit Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina. On April 24, 2010, an EF-4 tornado with winds of 170 mph hit a large part of Mississippi causing devastating damage from high winds and tornados. The storm caused 10 fatalities and more than 150 […]


JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour today requested President Obama declare Greene, Hinds and Kemper counties as major disaster areas, allowing residents who live in those counties to access federal government individual assistance programs. If approved, individuals will be able to utilize federal aid to help with recovery needs from the storm system that ripped through […]


PEARL – Based upon initial figures from ongoing damage assessments by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and local officials, Governor Haley Barbour requested Individual Assistance Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Damages to homes and businesses in Greene, Hinds and Kemper counties from Friday’s storms will be assessed by the […]