MEMA sends staff members to North Carolina to help with Hurricane Matthew efforts

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is sending staff members to North Carolina to help with the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew.

North Carolina requested Mississippi personnel through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Two MEMA staff members will be a part of a team that will help coordinate response and recovery resources into the state of North Carolina from other states.  The team is comprised of MEMA’s Office of Preparedness Director Susan Perkins and Operations Officer Tina Reed. They will work out of the State Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“This is a major hurricane, something North Carolina has not experienced in more than 20 years,” said MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson. “Mississippi is proud to be able to send support and we are honored to have the respect of other states to request our experienced emergency management specialists.”

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is an agreement signed by all 50 states and the U.S. Territories and allows for state-to-state support during disasters.

The expenses for this deployment are being paid completely by North Carolina.

MEMA said it is prepared to send more support if it is requested.

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