WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTOK) - President Donald Trump declared Monday that a major disaster exists in the state of Mississippi and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning Jan. 20, 2020, and continuing.
Federal funding is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for all areas in the State of Mississippi impacted by the coronavirus.
Gov. Reeves sent a letter to President Trump on April 1 requesting the disaster declaration.
"I'm truly grateful for President Trump approving Mississippi's request to support our people and ease the burden of COVID-19. These resources will reinforce our ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus and help us emerge stronger than ever. Our continued partnership and collaboration with the Trump Administration will be critical as we deploy every resource available to protect the health and well-being of all Mississippians," said Reeves.
The disaster declaration will provide Mississippians 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.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.
FEMA administrator, Pete Gaynor, named Gracia B. Szczech as the federal coordinating officer for recovery operations in the affected areas.