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January 4, 2007




WHEREAS, areas of the State of Mississippi were affected by a severe weather system beginning on January 4, 2007 and continuing, as a result of severe thunderstorms with high winds, tornadoes and torrential rains across wide areas of the State of Mississippi causing damage to homes, businesses, public utilities, infrastructure and public property; and


WHEREAS, this storm system is continuing to affect homes, businesses, public property, and threatens the safety of the citizens and property throughout the State of Mississippi; and


WHEREAS, in consideration of the health and safety of the residents and the protection of property within the affected areas, and in the public interest, all steps should be taken to protect people and property.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the authority vested in me under the Constitution of the State of Mississippi and Section 33-15-11-(b) (17), Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, and in the public interest and for the general welfare, do hereby proclaim a State of Emergency to exist in Harrison, Jones, Kemper, Lowndes, Neshoba, Newton and Stone Counties and other areas of the State of Mississippi affected by this severe weather system. The provisions of this proclamation shall exist and remain in effect until such time as this threat to public safety shall cease to exist as prescribed in Section 33-15-11(b)(17), Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended.


FURTHER, all agencies of the State of Mississippi shall discharge their emergency responsibilities as deemed necessary as set forth in the State of Mississippi Emergency Operations Plan.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.


DONE in the City of Jackson, on the Fifth day of January in the year of our Lord, two thousand and seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-first.