Mississippi governor declares State of Emergency due to tropical storms

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Governor Tate Reeves declared a State of Emergency for Mississippi in anticipation of the tropical storm systems in the Gulf of Mexico, which are expected to make landfall early next week.

You can view the signed State of Emergency declaration here.

With the governor’s declaration, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has enacted the Emergency Management Assistance Compact with the state of Florida. An emergency management team from Florida will assist MEMA with its non-congregate sheltering plan.

Because of COVID-19, MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel is urging citizens to use public shelters as a last resort.

Non-congregate shelters provide a more long-term sheltering option if its deemed necessary. The use of the non-congregate shelter plan is dependent upon the intensity and damage these storms may bring to the state.

If a non-congregate sheltering plan is enacted, more information will follow.

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