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The Office of Outreach Services is comprised of the Individual Assistance Bureau, the Disaster Reservists Bureau, the Disability Integration Advisor and will also include all of our efforts to work with the different volunteer organizations that we deal with before, during and after a disaster. 

  • Individual Assistance: During a Presidential Disaster Declaration, Individual Assistance programs can aid homeowners and renters with housing needs and necessary assistance.
  • Disaster Reservists: MEMA’s Disaster Reservist program was created to provide a corps of trained and experienced Mississippians who can be activated on an as-needed basis to meet staffing needs during emergencies. The program keeps a database of individuals with skills and experience that may be used during disasters. Click here to apply online or learn more information.
  • Disability Integration: Disability Integration staff provide day to day leadership, advice and guidance in all aspects of emergency management in order to ensure that individuals with disabilities of all ages are provided equal access, receive timely and appropriate services and are fully integrated into planning, response and recovery activities in a disaster.

    For more information contact Christy Dunaway, Disability Integration Advisor at cdunaway@mema.ms.gov or 601-933-6848.

For more information about the Office of Outreach Services, contact Chief of Staff Jana Henderson at 601-933-6882 or jhenderson@mema.ms.gov.



Public Information Line:

866-519-MEMA (6362) – available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Media Inquiry Line:

866-920-MEMA (6362)

External Affairs-Public Information Officer Contacts:

Greg Flynn, Director: 601-933-6652, gflynn@mema.ms.gov
Ray Coleman: 601-933-6841, rcoleman@mema.ms.gov

General Inquiries:


Executive Office:

Lee Smithson, Executive Director: 601-933-6882, lsmithson@mema.ms.gov
Stephen McCraney, Deputy Director: 601-933-6635, smccraney@mema.ms.gov

Jana Henderson, Chief of Staff: 601-933-6636, jhenderson@mema.ms.gov
David Shaw, Governmental Liaison: 601-933-6882, dshaw@mema.ms.gov

Mitigation Office:

Bill Patrick: 601-933-6884, bpatrick@mema.ms.gov

Radiological Emergency Preparedness Office:

David Huttie: 601-933-6845, dhuttie@mema.ms.gov

Office of Outreach Services:

Ben Gaston: 601-933-6839, bgaston@mema.ms.gov

Recovery Office:

Clayton French: 601-933-6886, cfrench@mema.ms.gov

Response Office:

Matt Hewings: 601-933-6875, mhewings@mema.ms.gov

Preparedness Office:

Bryan Olier: 601-933-6601, bolier@mema.ms.gov

Support Services Office:

Todd Demuth: 601-933-6883, tdemuth@mema.ms.gov