The Office of Preparedness is comprised of Planning, Training and Exercise.  Planning, Training and Exercise efforts are regionally divided across the state.  The regions are Northern, Central and Southern.  Each region is responsible for providing emergency planning assistance, instructing and coordinating State and Federal level courses and assisting communities with emergency management exercises.

Planning- provides 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 these efforts are directed at preparing local communities with effective planning tools utilizing an all hazards approach.

Training-provides a wide range of emergency management and first responder training for all levels of government, private industry and volunteer organizations as well as the whole community. Courses are offered state-wide by a team preparedness officers in a field or virtually.

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.

Exercise– provides opportunities to test and validate core capabilities and address areas of improvement.  All exercises are HSEEP compliant as this is a part of preparedness.  Exercises strengthen the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all hazards.

Important Documents: 

Regional Bureau Directors’ Contact Information:

North Regional Director – Julius Green:

South Regional Director – Thomas Harris:

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