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From The Desk of Mayor Chri Barry

Mar 8, 2013 - Mar 12, 2013 N/A

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City of Meridian & Lauderdale County
partner for emergency services

We at the City of Meridian want to thank our partners on the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors and the Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency. City and county government will once again work together for emergency services.

This partnership will continue to save tax dollars, and provide city and county citizens with the best emergency management services possible.

Hazard mitigation falls into the area of emergency management. Approximately ten years ago, the City of Meridian broke away from Lauderdale County to form its own emergency management department, the Department of Homeland Security.

Last year we began a reorganization of that department and we repurposed its mission.

The Director of Homeland Security took on the role of Chief Administrative Officer.
The department itself was changed from Homeland Security to Department of Public Safety & Training.
We increased focus on ensuring the city's responders are trained and prepared to perform their duties.
Improved coordination with Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency.
Communication is vital to success in any situation. Emergency management is no exception.

With the Meridian Department of Public Safety & Training and the Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency once again serving as partners, first responder communication, decisions, and actions will flow more quickly and smoothly.

The City of Meridian will incur a one-time expense of approximately $4000 because a new hazard mitigation plan must be written. That is a state requirement of the new partnership.

By partnering with LEMA, the City will also continue to waive the expense of salary and benefits for a Director of Public Safety & Training. That is more than $85,000 when both salary and benefits are totaled together.

This partnership will further improve emergency management services and continue to save the taxpayers of Meridian more than $80,000 annually.

Office of the Mayor
601 23rd Avenue
Meridian, MS 39302
(601) 485-1927