JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - President Donald Trump approved the governor's request for a federal emergency declaration in anticipation of Tropical Storms Marco and Laura.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said the quick response and approval will allow the state to “ramp up” its preparation and response efforts to protect lives and livelihoods.
Under the approved federal emergency declaration, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures, limited to reimbursement for mass care including evacuation, and shelter support for 24 Mississippi counties.
The following counties are eligible for this federal assistance: 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.
The purpose of a federal emergency declaration is to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.