Mayor to seek emergency declaration

Mayor A.J. Holloway on Monday morning plans to ask the Biloxi City Council to declare a state of emergency as the city continues to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac.

A state of emergency gives the mayor broader authority in using city resources to deal with any impending peril. A state of emergency also is one of the benchmarks used in determining any storm-related expenses that could be reimbursed by the federal government.

The mayor’s office notified City Council members this afternoon that the mayor planned to call a special meeting for Monday at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

Earlier Monday morning, the mayor will hear reports about Isaac preparations from individual department heads during his weekly staff meeting.