PEARL – Know how to get alerts and have a plan. That’s the message from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to residents as the state prepares for the likelihood of severe weather tomorrow.
National Weather Service forecasters updated MEMA today about a strong cold front will begin moving into north and west Mississippi Monday afternoon and continue south and east through the night. All modes of severe weather are possible with this system, including damaging winds, heavy rains, hail and even tornadoes.
“Everyone needs to be on guard tomorrow,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “The key is to have a plan and not panic.”
There are many ways you can be alerted to severe weather warnings:
- NOAA weather radios. An essential tool that should be in every home or business.
- Smartphone APPS.
- Wireless Emergency Alert Messages. Make sure these notifications are turned “on” in your phone settings.
- Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
- Local radio and TV stations.
- Community tornado sirens.
In addition MEMA and the NWS recommend taking the following steps:
- Have a family emergency plan and family communication plan. Every member of your family should know where to go, and how to communicate with each other if there is storm damage in your area.
- Check on your family friends and neighbors to ensure they are prepared for severe weather.
- Check and restock your emergency supply kit, in the case that your home is without power for an extended period of time.
- Residents in mobile homes or manufactured housing should consider going to a more substantial structure to wait out the storm.
- If riding in a vehicle, never attempt to outrun a tornado. You should abandon the vehicle and get into a sturdy structure.
For detailed preparedness information, contact your county emergency management agency or go to MEMA’s website at www.msema.org. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter.