Initial Weather Damage Reports to MEMA

Pearl – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received preliminary reports of damages from three counties due to severe weather that moved through the state Sunday night and Monday morning. At least one injury was reported in Bolivar County. Initial damage reports by county are as follows: Bolivar: Several homes damaged, trees and power lines […]

Gov. Phil Bryant Appoints Robert R. Latham Jr. MEMA Executive Director

Pearl – Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Robert R. Latham Jr. as the new Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director following the retirement of former director Mike Womack. This is Latham’s second time as MEMA Executive Director. He led from February 2000 through July 2006, including during Hurricane Katrina the nation’s worst natural disaster. “This is […]

Mississippians encouraged to review proposed levee analysis changes

Pearl—Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Womack is encouraging residents to review and comment on a new levee analysis and mapping approach proposed by FEMA for non-accredited levees. This new proposal could change some communities flood risk maps and National Flood Insurance Program rates. Beginning today the public will have 45 days to provide comments […]

Mississippians Should Prepare for National Emergency Alert System Test

Pearl-The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency urges all residents to be prepared for the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System that will take place at 1 p.m. on November 9. The test will last for 30 seconds. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system […]


PEARL – Governor Haley Barbour has proclaimed the week of Oct. 24-28 as Tornado Awareness Week in Mississippi. Every year tornadoes pose one of the biggest threats to our state. The month of November sees the second highest average number of tornadoes annually in the state of Mississippi. Tornadoes spawn from powerful thunderstorms and can […]

Oxford Receives Grant to Build New Emergency Operations Center

PEARL—The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency announced that the Oxford Emergency Management Agency has been awarded a $750,000 grant from FEMA to build a new Emergency Operations Center in Oxford. The project is estimated to take about 18 months to complete and should be finished in the summer of 2013. The grant was awarded through a […]

Jackson State University receives StormReady designation

Pearl – In a ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. today Jackson State University will become the third Mississippi university to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. The ceremony will be held at Johnson Hall on the Jackson State University campus. This makes 39 StormReady designations in Mississippi, including 15 cities or towns, […]

Coastal Areas Experiencing Effects of Tropical Storm Lee

PEARL—Coastal counties in Mississippi continue to feel the effects of Tropical Storm Lee. Heavy rains and increasing winds are predicted to remain in the area through the Labor Day weekend, with rains possibly lingering through Wednesday. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone, George, Wilkinson, Amite, Pike and […]


JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour today declared a State of Emergency in several Mississippi counties that will be impacted by severe tropical weather in the Gulf of Mexico. The counties affected include: George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Marion, Pearl River and Stone counties and other affected areas. “Do not underestimate the impact of this system of […]

MEMA assists the state of New York in Tropical Storm Irene operations

PEARL – Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Lea Crager will help support the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services as it responds to and recovers from Tropical Storm Irene. Crager volunteered after New York sought assistance through the National Emergency Management Associations’ Emergency Management Assistance Compact. This program provides emergency […]