Welcome to the MCDEMA homepage...
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.
House Bill 1433 has passed the House and been transferred to the Senate. This bill would include emergency management personnel in the Death Benefits Trust Fund. The bill has been referred to the Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency Committee in the Senate. All members are encouraged to contact their State Senators and urge passage of this bill which will also increase the death benefit for public safety personnel to $100,000.
MCDEMA Scholarships... The application period for MCDEMA scholarships is now open. The applications must be completed entirely and returned by April 1, 2014 for consideration. This includes both the Educational Assistance Scholarship and the Personnel Educational Enhancement Scholarship. Applications are available for download under documents. Return applications to MCDEMA Secretary Cindy Galey at P.O. Box 672, Brookhaven, MS 39602 or to MCDEMA Scholarship Chairman Robert Goza at 50058 Airport Road, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
What It's Like to Run a One-Person Department... This was a recent article from Emergency Management Magazine which featured information about Rickey Jaggers, Emergency Management Director for Pontotoc County and MCDEMA District 2 Representative. The article can be found here: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/The-One-Person-Shop.html