Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983
The Public Records Act of 1983”, Miss. Code Ann. § 25-61-1, et seq., states that it is the policy of the Legislature that public records must be available for inspection by any person unless otherwise provided by this act. As such, Miss. Code Ann. § 33-15-11(12) exempts information and data for assessment of vulnerabilities and capabilities within the borders of Mississippi as it pertains to the nation and state’s security and homeland defense.
All requests for public information from this agency must be made in writing using the MEMA Public Records Request Form.
Public Records Requests during the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center:
Timeframes for Responses to Public Records Requests The agency will make all efforts to respond to each request within seven (7) working days as provided by §25-61-5, Mississippi Code of 1972. However, MEMA may not be able to produce all requests for public records within seven (7) working days and will produce within fourteen (14) working days after providing the requester with a written explanation of why production cannot be made within seven (7) days. Further, if the State Emergency Operations Center is activated due to an emergency, whereby all agency personnel will be involved in response and recovery operations, all requests will be handled after the agency has returned to normal operation status.