December 30, 2021

MEMA releases statistics of 24 severe weather events and other emergency responses

Darkhorse Press

RELEASE: The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

 

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is proud to share the work we’ve done in service to Mississippians in 2021. The four tenants of emergency management are Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation. Our agency not only responds during disasters but we plan, train and help rebuild more resilient structures to withstand the next emergency. We are here to answer counties’ calls for help.

“It’s been an honor to serve our state as the Executive Director for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency this past year. Each year can deal us a different blow. We never know what Mother Nature will throw our way. MEMA is proud of the response work that we do for Mississippians. Our agency is more than just a “bad weather working” agency. During blue skies days, we’re fully engaged in preparing for the next disaster and mitigating our state to become more resilient. Your State Emergency Operations Center is ready for what 2022 will bring us.”

Here’s a look at MEMA’s work for the 2021 calendar year.

MEMA 2021 BY THE NUMBERS

Response:

Responded to 24 severe weather events
Distributed:
275,000 sandbags
More than 700,000 bottles of water
140,000 bags of ice
2,000 ready-made meals
56 aerial damage assessments
37 missing person missions
2 HAZMAT/Fire support missions
Deployed 350 state and local personnel for EMAC missions in Louisiana (Hurricane Ida) and California (wildfires)
Utilized 65 Disaster Reservists for emergency responses
MEMA staff worked 9,500 hours in overtime

COVID-19 Mission:

647 days activated, since March 13, 2020
Built 60-day State PPE Stockpile
Delivered 21 million pieces of PPE to hospitals, long-term care facilities, first responders, state agencies, state legislature and schools.
Fulfilled 93% of medical staffing requests from 67 hospitals statewide

Recovery: Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, Mitigation

$800K distributed to 11 counties to repair 145 homes not eligible for federal assistance
Assisted over 800 survivors via Hurricane Ida call center
Established seven registration intake centers to register Hurricane Ida survivors for assistance
Working 20 federally declared disasters
Distributed $86,000,000 in disaster funds to county Public Assistance projects
Closed 155 Public Assistance projects
Approved 26 Mitigation projects
Paid out $3.2 million to sub-recipients for Mitigation Projects
Completed 21 Mitigation projects
Managing 112 open Mitigation projects
Hired 40 new MEMA employees

Preparedness:

Taught 106 training classes to more than 1800 attendees
340,000 Participants for Great ShakeOut
195 Participants in Grand Gulf Nuclear Ingestion Pathway Exercise

Recognized Achievements

Special Achievement in GIS Award – Esri User Conference
“UAS Program of the Year” by the Unmanned System Group
“Best NFIP Compliance Award” by FEMA
Passed “Grand Gulf Nuclear Ingestion Pathway Exercise”

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