Gov. Reeves isssues State of Emergency ahead of winter weather

Published 2:59 pm Sunday, January 14, 2024

JACKSON, Miss. – Gov. Tate Reeves issued a State of Emergency today in anticipation of winter weather expected to impact the state starting today Sun., Jan. 14. The National Weather Services is forecasting freezing rain, sleet, and snow for a significant portion of the state, along with dangerous cold for the week.

“The state of Mississippi is proactively taking steps to prepare for freezing temperatures and severe winter weather,” Reeves said. “By declaring this State of Emergency, we can mobilize state assets, and better support response and recovery efforts. All Mississippians in the impacted areas are encouraged to take precautions over the next few days. Prepare your homes now for below-freezing temperatures, bring pets inside, and check in with your loved ones who are most susceptible during this frigid weather.”

This State of Emergency allows the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to move assets throughout the state to support local governments in preparation for, response to, and recovery from the impending weather.

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In Warren County, EMA Director John Elfer has been encouraging residents to simply take common-sense precautions, such as having enough food and water to last at least 72 hours.

“Don’t panic,” he said. “Just be smart about things. Use good, common sense.”

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace added to Elfer’s advice, reminding residents to also be “good neighbors” during the uncommonly cold weather. “We just need for everyone to check on each other,” Pace said. “If you know an elderly person or a person with special needs, just check on them. Make sure their heat hasn’t gone out. Because this is life-threatening cold. It could be deadly, if something happens.”

Reeves directed all state agencies to discharge their emergency responsibilities as deemed necessary and set forth in Mississippi’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.

A copy of the State of Emergency can be found here.