President Trump Approves Governor Reeves’ Request for Public Assistance Following April 22-23 Storms

Pearl, Miss. (MEMA)– Governor Tate Reeves’ request for federal public assistance for FEMA Disaster 4551 has been approved by President Trump.  On April 22-23, 2020 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding hit Mississippi causing over $8 million in damage.

The following counties are now eligible for federal public assistance through this disaster declaration: Amite, Claiborne, Covington, George, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Pike Simpson, Smith and Wayne.

The purpose of the Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to support communities’ recovery from major disasters by providing them with grant assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and restoring public infrastructure. Local governments, states, tribes, territories and certain private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

To apply for federal public assistance visit:

With this declaration, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is now working 16 open Major Disaster Declarations. Of those 16, five were declared this calendar year, including COVID-19.

Currently, a request for a federal disaster declaration following Tropical Storm Cristobal is pending.