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Welcome to the home page of the Mississippi Civil Defense / Emergency Management Association. This site is dedicated to the emergency management professionals from across The Magnolia State that the association serves.
The Mississippi Civil Defense / Emergency Management Association (MCDEMA) represents its members who make up the professional emergnecy management community of Mississippi, including State, County, Municipal and Tribal emergency management and public safety staff as well as supporting organizations who play a crucial role in emergency management in our state. We invite you to join us by becoming a member of our organization. The membership application can be found under the forms sections of our website.
The purpose of the Association is to advance and improve the profession of emergency management through education, increased public awareness, and professional development in the State of Mississippi; to promote the interchange of programs, ideas and best practices in the profession in the state; and, to create and promote a feeling of fellowship and understanding among and between county governments, municipal governments, state government and the emergency managers / civil defense directors and staff in each of the aforementioned governments and the citizens they represent. The Association shall be non-political.
The MCDEMA 2013 Mid-Winter Education Conference was held November 11-13, 2013 at the Golden Moon Convention Center in Choctaw, Mississippi. Conference highlights included an address by IAEM Policy Advisor & Government Affairs Committee Staff Liaison for IAEM-USA - Martha Braddock. Ms. Braddock invited members to subscribe to the IAEM Dispatch at www.iaemdispatch.com as well as continue outreach efforts to Congressional Members and Staff. Gayland Kitch, Emergency Manager for the City of Moore, OK discussed the EF-5 tornado that struck his City on May 20, 2013. Members were also able to attend various breakout sessions on a variety of emergency management topics.
The 2014 Mississippi Legislative Session is approaching... Governor Phil Bryant has expressed his desire to make public safety a focus this legislative session and MCDEMA continues to seek Emergency Managers inclusion and coverage under the Public Safety Officers Death Benefits Trust Fund in Mississippi. It is incumbant on every member of MCDEMA to contact their state senators and representatives to request passage of the bill to provide this coverage that will be introduced this session. We also request everyone available to attend the EM Day at the Capitol.