WHEREAS, the entire State of Mississippi was severely affected by Hurricane Katrina, beginning on August 27, 2005, with hurricane and tropical storm force winds, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding; and
WHEREAS, Hurricane Katrina caused personal injuries, complete devastation to homes, businesses, public property, and threatened the safety of the citizens and property throughout the entire State of Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, in consideration of the health and safety of the residents and the protection of their property within the State of Mississippi, and in the public interest, all steps were 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 for the entire State of Mississippi. 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 State of Mississippi Emergency Operations Plan and Executive Order No. 653, dated November 16, 1990.
DONE in the City of Jackson, on the second day of September in the year of our Lord, two thousand and five, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirtieth.
Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741