Biden declares 'disaster' following Mississippi tornado

March 27, 2023
Robert Ayers

U.S. President Joe Biden, on Sunday, issued a "Mississippi Disaster Declaration" following the recent storms that caused major destruction in the area. 

The White House released a press statement on the matter.

In part, it reads:

Early Sunday morning, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Mississippi and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes from March 24 to March 25, 2023.


At the time of this writing, reports indicate that at least 25 people have died as a result of the tornado that struck Mississippi on Friday.

Per Reuters:

Rescuers combed through rubble on Saturday after a powerful storm tore across Mississippi late on Friday, killing at least 25 people there and one person in Alabama as it leveled hundreds of buildings and spawned at least one devastating tornado.

Reports indicate that an EF-4 tornado, which is second in the classification system only to EF-5 tornadoes, struck the area with wind gusts of up to 170 mph. The town of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, which has a population of about 2,000 people, was, more or less, leveled by the storm.

"State of emergency"

In response to the situation, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R), on Saturday, declared a statement of emergency.

Reeves also requested assistance from Biden and the federal government. He announced on Saturday that he had submitted a "major disaster declaration" request.

Biden granted that request on Sunday.

What now?

The "Disaster Declaration" will, according to the White House, make "federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey."

The White House's press release states:

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

The press release adds, "damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed."

Biden released a statement of his own, saying, "Jill and I are praying for those who have lost loved ones in the devastating tornadoes in Mississippi and those whose loved ones are missing."

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