JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Mississippi ahead of Tropical Storms Marco and Laura. The federal emergency will supplement state, local, and tribal response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by the storms.
President Donald Trump’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures.
“The quick response and approval of this emergency declaration will enable us to further ramp up our preparation and response efforts to protect lives and livelihoods,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “This Administration has delivered—and continues to deliver—for Mississippi. We are truly grateful for the President’s ongoing support of Mississippians in both good times and in bad times.”
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. This assistance is for the counties of Adams, Amite, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Stone, Walthall, Wayne and Wilkinson.