STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
Office of the Governor
WHEREAS, the counties of Adams, Attala, Chickasaw, Claiborne, Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Grenada, Hinds. Holmes, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, Smith, Union, Warren, Yazoo and other parts of the State of Mississippi have been affected by severe thunderstorms on April 30, 2017, and continuing throughout the day, which includes torrential rain, damaging winds, hail, flooding. lightning and tornados, and thus state assistance will be necessary to support local government response and recovery efforts; and
WHEREAS, this severe weather system has caused and may cause damage to homes, businesses, and public property, and threaten the safety of the citizens and property throughout 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, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the authority vested in me under the Mississippi Constitution and Miss. Code Ann. § 33-15-11(b)(17), 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, or areas that may be affected by, this severe weather.
FURTHER, all agencies of the State of Mississippi shall discharge their emergency responsibilities as deemed necessary as set forth in the State of Mississippi’s 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 1st day of May in the year of our Lord, two thousand and seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and forty-first.
BY THE GOVERNOR
C. DELBERT HOSEMANN, JR.
SECRETARY OF STATE