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Governor Tate Reeves Requests Major Disaster Declaration for Additional Support in COVID-19 Response

By: Sarah Ulmer - April 3, 2020

In a letter to President Donald Trump, Governor Tate Reeves requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government this week – a procedural step to acquire necessary federal assets and resources to support Mississippi’s COVID-19 response.

Upon approval, the disaster declaration will activate the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance (IA) Program for all Mississippi counties.

“I’m grateful for the ongoing partnership we’ve had with President Trump and his Administration throughout this trying time. Mississippians are the most charitable people in the country, and it has been heartwarming to see our state come together to support one another as we combat the spread. We must do all we can to help ease the burden. With this disaster declaration, we will be able to better help our families, our businesses, and all Mississippians weather this storm and emerge stronger,” said Governor Tate Reeves.

The disaster declaration will provide access to expanded mental healthcare, supplement the efforts of tribal healthcare workers, provide grants to reduce the risk of loss of life or property during future emergencies, make available legal assistance to low-income Mississippians, expand food assistance and other services to low-income households impacted by COVID-19, and more.

View the Presidential Major Disaster Declaration request here.

Governor Tate Reeves Press Release


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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state.