Mississippi Emergency Management Agency News

Mississippi Disaster Declaration Approved for Easter Storms

President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Mississippi for strong storms that struck the state on Sunday, April 12, including several tornadoes. The storms swept through several states from Texas to Maryland on Sunday and Monday, killing at …

Mississippi Businesses Shift Production During Pandemic

As the nation hunkers down and people shelter in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, several Mississippi businesses have stayed open, switching gears to make much-needed products. A jeans company is making face guards, a coffeehouse is making loaves of bread …

Storms Cause Widespread Damage in Mississippi

At least 90 homes were damaged by storms that blew through central Mississippi on Wednesday. Strong winds toppled trees onto some vehicles and peeled roofs off of buildings. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said it had received reports of 60 …

4 Dead After Storms Leave ‘Trail of Destruction’ Across the South

A swarm of tornadoes and storms that left a trail of destruction across the Southeast killed four people, injured at least a dozen more and left victims to bundle up against the cold as they picked up pieces of their …

Limited Disaster Aid Approved for 13 Mississippi Counties

President Donald Trump has expanded limited disaster aid to 13 more Mississippi counties following storms and flooding in February and March. Governments and certain nonprofit groups are eligible to be repaid for infrastructure damage, debris removal and overtime pay to …

NWS: 75 Tornadoes Confirmed in Mississippi So Far in 2019

With three more tornadoes confirmed Friday from an April 18 outbreak, the National Weather Service now says 43 tornadoes hit Mississippi that day, and 75 for the year. The one-day amount alone equals Mississippi’s annual average of 43 tornadoes during …

Weekend Tornadoes Damaged More Than 250 Buildings Across Mississippi

Early assessments show Saturday’s tornado outbreak damaged more than 250 homes, businesses and public buildings across Mississippi. The National Weather Service has counted at least 10 tornadoes in Mississippi on Saturday, ranging from Escatawpa on the Gulf Coast as far …

Weather Service Confirms Several Tornadoes Hit Northeast Mississippi

The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes hit northeast Mississippi last week. A preliminary survey Nov. 6 showed a twister with top winds of 115 mph (185 kph) struck in Pontotoc County. The tornado, rated EF-2 on the enhanced …

Mississippi Gov Appoints Michel as Director of Emergency Management Agency

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming another retired military leader to run Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency. Bryant said on Monday said he was appointing Gregory Michel as the agency’s director. Michel was the commander of Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg from 2015 …

6 Tornadoes Confirmed in Mississippi from Weekend Storm

The National Weather Service confirms six tornadoes hit Mississippi on Saturday. Tornadoes were reported in Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Rankin and Winston counties. Surveyors say damage in Lowndes County was caused by a thunderstorm. The Lauderdale storm stretched for 8.5 miles …