PEARL – With the threat of severe weather in the forecast for most of the state Saturday night through Sunday afternoon, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is reminding residents to know how they will be alerted and to have a plan in place.

The National Weather Service says that a vigorous storm system will move into Mississippi late Saturday evening, and will not exit the state until Sunday afternoon. The main threats associated with this storm will be damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, large hail and isolated tornadoes.

In addition, there could be heavy rainfall up to two to three inches causing localized flooding. A Coastal Flood Advisory has also been issued for Hancock County this weekend for tides expected to be one to two feet above normal.

“When we look back at the history of severe weather in Mississippi, November is the second most active month,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham.  “Know how you are going to get an alert. Our main concern is that most Mississippians will be sleeping when severe weather is affecting our state.”

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.
  • Wireless Emergency Alert Messages: Make sure these notifications are turned “on” in your phone settings.
  • Smartphone Apps.
  • 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 The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter.