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President affirms State of Emergency, relief headed for Coast

Courtesy of NWS New Orleans.

Hurricane Nate made landfall twice in Mississippi over the weekend beginning on Sunday morning. The storm has caused damage to coast counties such as Harrison, Pearl River, Hancock, Jackson, Stone, and George. 

U.S. Senators Thad Cochran, Roger Wicker, and Congressman Steven Palazzo have said they’re working with federal and state agencies to ensure a strong response to the storm.

“Mississippians will once again show their resolve in the face of a hurricane,” said Cochran. “We know that the recovery process will take time and cost money, and we will work to ensure that Mississippi has the resources it needs. Together, we will recover from this storm just as we have in the past. In the meantime, we should follow the advice of the first responders and volunteers on the ground, who are working admirably to help those affected.”

The Category 1 storm is projected to continue through Mississippi and Alabama before dying down.

“We’ve been here before. In South Mississippi we know what to do and now we need to get to work. As Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I will make sure relief is expeditiously approved, if necessary, and we will be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” Palazzo said.


President Donald J. Trump Approves Mississippi Emergency Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Mississippi and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Nate beginning on October 6, 2017, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts. This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population, and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, and Stone.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide, at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Manny J. Toro as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.


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