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Governor Requests Federal Disaster Declaration, Mobilizes National Guard
Barbour Also Expands designated emergency Impact Area to Combat Potential Price Gouging

From: Office of the Governor  Filed 8/29/08  GCN

(JACKSON, Mississippi)—In his role as the state’s chief executive, today Governor Haley Barbour continued with first steps to ensure Mississippi is as prepared as possible for the potential impact of Hurricane Gustav.

In a letter to President Bush, the Governor requested a federal disaster declaration for the entire state.  This will begin the process of securing emergency assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency should Hurricane Gustav impact the Gulf Coast region.

Governor Barbour also directed Major General William Freeman, head of the state’s military, to mobilize the Mississippi National Guard to support local government response and recovery efforts.

“Although concern among our residents is palpable, now is the time for all our citizens to prepare but not panic,” Governor Barbour said.  “We are much better poised to withstand a hurricane or any other natural disaster than three years ago, and all of our state agencies have taken precautionary measures for the potential impact of Hurricane Gustav.”

To continue efforts combating potential price gouging, Governor Barbour proclaimed a State of Emergency which expanded the designated “emergency impact area” to include the entire state of Mississippi, thereby providing officials with more tools to monitor and prosecute those non-compliant with state law.

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