The Emergency Management / Homeland Security Agency is responsible for the preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities before, during, and after an emergency or disaster affects Lafayette County. Emergency Management coordinates the direction of county government operations in response to emergencies. The E.M.A. director acts under the policies determined by the Board of Supervisors and the state of Mississippi, and is subject to the Board’s general supervision and control. The E.M.A. director will carry out the general policies of the Board in conformity with the guidelines established by the state emergency management and homeland security agencies in accordance with the established procedures and state laws.

EMA Preparedness Cycle

The E.M.A. director is responsible for the development and implementation of emergency operations plans, community preparedness activities, emergency communications, and coordination of emergency response agencies. The E.M.A. director is also responsible for submission and administration of state and federal grants for mitigation, preparedness, and response projects.

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 Disaster Reservists | Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

Disaster Reservists

MEMA’s Disaster Reservist program was created to provide a corps of trained and experienced Mississippians who can be activated on an as-needed basis to meet staffing needs during emergencies. The program keeps a database of individuals with skills and experience that may be used during disasters.

Disaster Reservists may include individuals with logistics, public information, public works and engineering backgrounds, but individuals with other experiences may also be used. Individuals may also be retired from government or private industry careers and be available to enter into a contract once a disaster or emergency occurs. Reservists will be required to attend training at least two times each year on state and federal emergency plans. Once a reservist is put onto active-duty status, he or she will become a contract employee of MEMA for the duration of their deployment or mission assignment. Reservist pay is based on training, skills and experience.

Individuals who are interested in applying for the program should contact Ben Gaston at 601-933-6882 (Office) or visit the MEMA website.