MEMA sends another disaster specialist to aid in SC flood recovery

Published: Oct. 23, 2015 at 4:19 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2015 at 5:12 PM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Another worker from Mississippi Emergency Management Agency was sent to South Carolina on Friday to aid in the flood disaster recovery.

Meredith Lee will begin a two-week mission to assist with the coordination of volunteer efforts in the area. That brings the total number to eight MEMA personnel who have been deployed through Emergency Management Compact requests made by South Carolina.

MEMA Individual Assistance Specialist Angela Grant has been requested to extend her mission for an additional 21 days to continue helping disaster recovery centers in South Carolina for survivor assistance.

MEMA representatives who have already completed their missions to the flood disaster area include Mitigation Office Director Jana Henderson, Public Information Officer Brett Carr, Logistics Chief Don Wilson, Operations Officer Zac Houston, Floodplain Bureau Director Stacey Ricks, and Floodplain Specialist Brent Miller.

"The ongoing support provided by Mississippi is a testament to the high standard of emergency management capability and experience we have built here in our state, which is vital to maintain," said MEMA Director Robert Latham. "We are extremely proud of the willingness of our staff to assist our friends in South Carolina during the historic flooding event."

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is an agreement signed by all 50 states and the U.S. Territories that allows for state-to-state support during disasters. The expenses for all the deployments will be reimbursed to the state by South Carolina.

MEMA is identifying additional resources that may be needed and is prepared to send more support if it is requested.

Visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division website at for more information or to learn more about the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

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