Biden approves emergency declaration for Jackson water crisis

President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for Mississippi to help with the water crisis in the capital city.

FEMA said emergency aid has been made available in addition to response efforts in the state resulting from a water crisis. The declaration became effective Tuesday and continues.

The declaration authorizes FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts to alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency in Jackson and Hinds County. It will provide assistance for emergency measures to save lives and protect property, public health and safety, as well as avert the threat of a catastrophe.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide equipment and resources necessary. Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent of federal funding for a period of 90 days.

Allan Jarvis has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.

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