The Mississippi Highway Patrol now recognizes the Mississippi Statewide Emergency Access Program (MEAP). MEAP is a multi-state Access Control Program for disaster re-entry; in coordination with law enforcement and emergency managers in Louisiana and Alabama, the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association, Mississippi Chiefs of Police, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and County Emergency Managers.
The MEAP has been developed to coordinate emergency response and recovery by and between law enforcement agencies and responders statewide. The Mississippi Highway Patrol recognizes this program for coordination and transit purposes. Placards and Letters of Access issued under the program will be honored for purposes of transiting through the State of Mississippi during emergency events.
The Mississippi Statewide Emergency Access Program builds on the following four crisis reentry principles.
- Post disaster access control is paramount to ensure public safety.
- Reentry should be implemented in phases, utilizing a tiered approach based on need.
- Local government is best positioned to determine the appropriate tier for individuals/organizations.
- These individuals/programs should be pre-identified and credentialed prior to a disaster to the greatest extent possible.
The Mississippi Statewide Emergency Access Program and the system implementing it, the ER-ITN, permits individuals/organizations to register for re-entry access by calling toll free 1(855)379-4861 or by visiting http://www.eritn.com. Once an application has been approved for the appropriate tier by local government, the applicant will have web-based access to reentry access.