WHEREAS, beginning on August 27, 2005 and continuing, the State of Mississippi is expected to be adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina, which may include sheltering of evacuees from other states, damaging winds, severe thunderstorms, flooding, and possible tornadoes which are expected to occur over wide areas of Mississippi; and state assistance will be necessary to support local government response and recovery efforts; and

WHEREAS, civil authorities will require support from the Mississippi National Guard to cope with said emergency:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the authority vested in me by Section 119 and Section 217, Mississippi Constitution of 1890, and Sections 7-1-5, 33-7-301, and 33-7-305, Mississippi Code of 1972, do hereby direct Major General Harold Cross, Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard, to order out such officers and enlisted personnel of the Mississippi Guard as he deems necessary and requisite and for such duration as he deems appropriate to assist state and local civil authorities. Major General Cross will be in direct Command of the troops ordered to active duty and will use such equipment as may be found necessary in his opinion to accomplish the support mission of the National Guard troops.

The members of the Mississippi National Guard ordered to active duty under the provisions of this Order shall be subject to the provisions, privileges, and immunities of the Statue of the State of Mississippi governing the National Guard.

FURTHER, the pay and expenses of the troops ordered to State Active Duty shall be paid as provided in Sections 33-7-313, 33-7-315 and 33-9-15. All costs will be reimbursed as authorized by Section 33-15-307 4(g), the Mississippi Emergency Act of 1995, Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.

DONE in the City of Jackson, this the 26th day of August in the year of our Lord, two thousand and five, and of the Independence of the United States of American, the two hundred and thirtieth.




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