The Office of Preparedness is divided into three Bureaus which has daily oversight for Planning, Training and Exercise.

The Plans Bureau is responsible for providing emergency planning assistance to state agencies and local governments to include the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, as well as regional and national emergency planning initiatives.

All of these efforts are directed at preparing local communities with effective planning tools utilizing an all hazards approach. For more information, click here.

The Training Bureau offers a wide range of emergency management and first responder training for all levels of government, private industry and volunteer organizations. Courses are offered state wide by a team of training coordinators in a field-delivered environment.

Course instruction may be offered in the following categories:

  • Emergency Planning.
  • Basic Emergency Management.
  • Mitigation.
  • Preparedness.
  • Incident Command.
  • Response and Recovery.
  • Radiological Response and Recovery.
  • Community Emergency Response Teams.
  • Hazardous Materials Incident Response.

The Training Bureau also oversees student enrollment from Mississippi to the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md., where more than 400 courses in emergency management are offered. Additional information about training policies and the training application can be found on this website. For more information, click here.

The Exercise Bureau helps communities with emergency management exercises as required for those counties receiving matching federal funds.This includes offering exercise design and evaluation courses, assisting with scenario development and providing on-scene evaluators, controllers or simulators during the exercise. To download the Emergency Management Exercise Reporting System form, click here.

These exercises are activities that simulate emergency management operations for specific purposes that correlate with a natural, man-made or terrorist event. During a four–year period, local government is required to conduct three functional exercises and one full-scale exercise.

For specific requirements under the Exercise program, please contact the exercise bureau director. For more information, click here.

For more information about the Office of Preparedness, please contact Loretta Thorpe Preparedness Office Director at 601-933-6601 or