Gov. Haley Barbour and Gov. Bob Riley declared a state of emergency Monday due to Tropical Storm Ida approaching the Gulf states. It enables the governors to invoke emergency preparedness measures.
Mississippi's declaration applies to areas expected to be impacted by high winds and heavy rainfall.
“While Ida appears to be weakening, we urge that residents, particularly in low-lying, flood-prone areas, continue to be vigilant, prudent, and alert to any changes," Barbour said.
The executive order allows for the deployment of some members the Mississippi National Guard and puts the Department of Public Safety and other state agencies on special alert. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has already deployed to the Gulf Coast and is coordinating with local emergency officials.
“Based on the latest information I have seen, Alabama lies directly in the path of Tropical Storm Ida,” said Riley. “Though it may not have the force of some of the storms we have dealt with in the past, we cannot afford to take Tropical Storm Ida lightly. The storm surge on the coast and flooding inland pose major threats which we all must take very seriously.”
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency has been directed to make appropriate assessments of damages and seek the necessary state and federal assistance for the affected areas, if necessary. Governor Riley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long will continue to be in close contact with local emergency management officials in counties throughout the state to discuss storm preparation and response.
The declaration also allows the governor to invoke Alabama’s price gouging law, which applies during times of a state of emergency.