State Opens Water Distribution Sites for Those Affected by Jackson’s Water Crisis | Mississippi Politics and Current Affairs

The sites will open at noon today until 6:30 p.m. Each POD will be open for water pickup daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. until further notice.

Governor Tate Reeves announced today that the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Mississippi National Guard, Mississippi State Department of Health, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Department of Mississippi Public Safety and Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture Andy Gipson in conjunction with Hinds County and the City of Jackson are opening water distribution supersites throughout the area affected by the water crisis .

“Getting these water distribution sites up and running quickly was a top priority,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “Local, state and federal officials are working in tandem to ensure everyone in Jackson has the supplies they need to deal with this crisis. As the state works to repair Jackson’s water system, we will ensure that these sites are well supplied and able to meet the needs of the people.

“Within 48 hours of the declaration of emergency measures, seven state distribution sites will offer bottled water, bulk non-potable water and hand sanitizer to those affected by the recent crisis. water,” said Stephen McCraney, executive director of MEMA. “Water is a basic human need, and the safety of people remains our priority,” adds McCraney.

These sites will open at noon on Thursday, September 1, 2022, until 6:30 p.m.
Each POD will be open for water pickup daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. until further notice.

The seven point-of-distribution (POD) sites are:

State Fair Grounds
1207 Mississippi Street
Jackson, MS

Metro Center shopping mall
3645 Highway 80
Jackson, MS

Smith Wills Stadium
1200 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS

Thomas Cardozo College
3180 McDowell Road, ext.
Jackson, MS

Jackson Northwestern High School
7020 Highway 49
Jackson, MS

Hinds Community College Jackson
3925 Sunset Drive
Jackson, MS

Davis Road Park
2300 Davis Road
Terry, MS 39170

Affected residents are requested to bring airtight containers to collect non-potable water for sanitation needs such as laundry, toilet flushing, personal hygiene, etc.

The Mississippi National Guard has deployed approximately 600 MSNG service members to work at these distribution sites. Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard, said, “The Mississippi National Guard is dedicated to providing rapid support to our neighbors, family and friends impacted by the crisis of current water. In coordination with the Governor’s Office, our interagency partners, and civil authorities, we are allocating vital personnel and resources to ensure the critical needs of our citizens are met. We are here to serve.

One of the seven distribution points is the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, operated by Commissioner for Agriculture and Trade Andy Gipson. Gipson says, “We are proud to be able to help the people of Jackson in this time of crisis, and we appreciate the efforts of Governor Reeves, MEMA, the National Guard and so many other agencies who are all pulling in the same direction. . to help provide water to those in need. For decades, the Mississippi State Fairgrounds served as an emergency response center. We stand ready to continue our efforts as we support the state emergency response team.

The State of Mississippi is working diligently to resolve water issues and provide safe drinking water for the citizens of Jackson.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Call Center is OPEN for residents affected by Jackson’s water crisis. This call center will be a place where residents can turn to find out about available resources. The call center will be open for businesses starting today, September 1, 2022.

The call center number is: 1-833-591-6362

Business hours: Sunday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Press release 01/09/22