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September 20, 2007




WHEREAS, the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center current predictions show the potential for the entire State of Mississippi to be severely affected by tropical weather, beginning on September 20, 2007, to include sheltering of evacuees from other states, hurricane and tropical storm force winds, severe thunderstorms, flooding, and possible tornadoes; and


WHEREAS, this storm system is expected to cause personal injuries, damage to homes, businesses, public property, and threatened the safety of the citizens and property in portions of 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 tropical 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 State of Mississippi Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.


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, on the twentieth day of September in the year of our Lord, two thousand and seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-second.