Emergency Management

Emergency Management Marvin Ratliff
Director: Marvin Ratliff, Sr.
Contact: 601-437-4684
Emergency Management StaffStaff: (Left to right)
Matthew Chase – Operations Officer
Cheemeeka Harris – Public Information Officer
Mauriuna Jackson – Communications Officer

The mission of the Claiborne County Emergency Management Agency is to ensure continuity of essential county functions under all circumstances. This mission is viable to mitigate, prepare, respond and recovery during any emergency or situation that may disrupt normal operations. To ensure this mission is carried out, our agency must be prepared to continue operations of its essential functions during any type of threat or emergency.

Claiborne County Emergency Management along with Claiborne County Board of Supervisors share the responsibility with the City of Port Gibson and Alcorn State University to be prepared in the event of a natural, technological, or man-made emergency or disaster that threatens life, property, or the environment of the citizens of Claiborne County. In order to provide effective planning for emergency situations the federal, state, local and tribal governments must plan and prepare together.


If you receive damages from any storm, you may use the self-reporting link to report damages to your local officials and state by clinking on the link below


The potential of a radiological accident, hostile action type of event, not necessarily resulting in a radiological release exists at GGNS.  An accident of sufficient magnitude could present an offsite hazard to residents and property in Claiborne County.  An accident could potentially release significant quantities of radioactive materials into the environment creating a health hazard to areas either downwind or downstream from the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station.  The health hazard threat caused by a radioactive release may require sheltering, monitoring, preparing impounding water supplies and agricultural products, or an area evacuation of citizens.

Local officials recognize their responsibilities with regard to the public’s health and safety. For more information, contact your local Emergency Management office. To register for emergency notifications, use the link below:


Watch vs. Warning
Thunderstorm watch– can be in effect for several hours, which means weather conditions exist where severe thunderstorms can easily develop.
Thunderstorm warning– means current storm conditions can turn worse, including heavy rain and strong winds.


Watch vs. Warning

Tornado Watch: Be prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states. Claiborne County Saferoom opens during a tornado watch. The Claiborne County Saferoom is located at 13004 Hwy 18 Hermanville, MS.39086. The Saferoom is open to ALL citizens.

Tornado Warning: Take action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm. During a tornado warning, Claiborne County Emergency Management will sound outdoor warning sirens, also to those who register for our public warning systems an alert will be sent to your device.


To prevent wild fires, please adhere to all “No Burn Ban” Notices. Listen to emergency officials, if they say evacuate, leave your home immediately.

If you see a fire, report it. If they say evacuate, leave your home immediately. If you see a fire, report it.

You may be the first one to spot a “hot spot,” so call 911 immediately if you see a fire, even if it’s a small fire. Shut off the gas and check your vents. Turn off propane at the tank or natural gas at the meter, and turn off all pilot lights.


Claiborne County is located on the Mississippi River, that creates the potential of flooding along Bayou Pierre and Mississippi River. If you approach a road or street with overlaying waters, turn around and don’t drown. Please contact your local emergency management for more information.


Extreme heat is defined as summertime temperatures that are much hotter and/or humid than average. Because some places are hotter than others, this depends on what’s considered average for a particular location at that time of year. Humid and muggy conditions can make it seem hotter than it really is.

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Claiborne County Covid 19 Precautions

Although Claiborne County is no longer under an executive order, we would like to ask you to please use caution to avoid the spread of Covid  19. The county is no longer under curfew and the capacity is 100% for all buildings.

Requirements are subject to change as information is received from MSDH. Continue to practice frequent hand washing/sanitizing. For information on setting appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please call 601-437-4684.

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