On Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency in Mississippi in order to better prepare for the expected arrival of Hurricane Zeta.
The governor also requested a pre-landfall disaster declaration to be issued.
When a federal emergency declaration is issued, it allows FEMA to provide emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, at 75 percent federal funding due to the Public Assistance Program.
The thirteen counties included are as follows: Clarke, Jones, Wayne, Lamar, Forrest, Perry, Greene, Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson.
The governor tweeted about the declaration on Wednesday.
“Watch the weather. Be prepared. Emergency operators are working to get ready for storm surge and hard winds—up to 9 feet of surge and winds up to 100 MPH. Stay sharp, stay safe, and pray for God’s protection.”