Tropical Storm Gordon news conference

Governor Phil Bryant and other representatives of MEMA held a news conference at the Hancock County Emergency Management Office in Kiln.

The conference updated the media on preparation and response efforts of the storm from state agencies and local leadership.

Governor Bryant stressed the importance of not taking the storm lightly, despite Gordon potentially only becoming a category one hurricane.

Governor Bryant also talked about the support from the National Guard who will assist those who need rescue from high waters. “Last night at approximately 8 o’clock, I issued an executive order activating the Mississippi National Guard. We sent 12 vehicles for those that may be necessary for high water. They are in the lower three counties with 40 personnel, National Guard personnel on duty at each EOCs across the three counties.”

General Durr Boyles with the Mississippi National Guard said, “We have enough personnel to cover the three lower counties. We got teams in each of those EOCs. They are partnered with the EOCs so they can respond quickly if needed. We got high water vehicles as the governor mentioned so we can spot high water incidents.”

Governor Bryant also appreciates the volunteer effort across the Gulf Coast such as the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.

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