FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2008
GOVERNOR BARBOUR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN NORTHERN COUNTIES FOLLOWING SEVERE WEATHER SYSTEM
(JACKSON, Mississippi) - Governor Haley Barbour today declared a State of Emergency for 5 Mississippi counties following a severe weather system and tornadoes which began on May 2 and affected parts of North Mississippi, including Coahoma, Grenada, Panola, Prentiss, and Union Counties.
“This weather system caused widespread damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure that threatened both the safety of our citizens and public property,” Governor Barbour said. “To help rectify the damages caused by the severe weather system, I am issuing this State of Emergency so emergency personnel can distribute necessary supplies to affected residents and have the authority to provide other essential services to storm victims in an expedient manner.”
The full text of the Governor’s State of Emergency is listed below.
WHEREAS, areas of the State of Mississippi have been and continue to be affected by a severe weather system beginning on May 2, 2008 as a result of severe thunderstorms with high winds, tornadoes and torrential rains in Coahoma, Grenada, Panola, Prentiss, Union and other affected counties in the State of Mississippi causing damage to homes, businesses, infrastructure and public property; and
WHEREAS, this storm system caused damage to homes, businesses, public property, and threatened the safety of the citizens and property throughout the State of Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, in consideration of the health and safety of the residents and the protection of their property within the affected areas, and in the public interest, all steps should be taken to protect people and property
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the authority vested in me under the Constitution of the State of Mississippi and Section 33-15-11-(b) (17), Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, and in the public interest and for the general welfare, do hereby proclaim a State of Emergency to exist in the areas of the State of Mississippi affected by this severe weather system. The provisions of this proclamation shall exist and remain in effect until such time as this threat to public safety shall cease to exist as prescribed in Section 33-15-11(b)(17), Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended.
FURTHER, all agencies of the State of Mississippi shall discharge their emergency responsibilities as deemed necessary as set forth in the Executive Order No. 653, dated November 16, 1990 and the State of Mississippi’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.