President Trump Approves Pre-landfall Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Delta

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) –  President Trump has approved Governor Reeves’ request for a federal emergency declaration in anticipation of Hurricane Delta.

Under the approved federal emergency declaration, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding for three Mississippi counties: Hancock, Harrison and Wilkinson.

The following 26 counties are also eligible for direct Federal assistance: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Forrest, Franklin, George, Hinds, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Pearl River, Pike, Rankin, Sharkey, Simpson, Stone, Walthall, Warren, and Yazoo.

The purpose of a federal emergency declaration is to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.

More counties could be added to this declaration due to the impact of Hurricane Delta.