PEARL –The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating advance response actions as it becomes more clear that a winter storm will affect the state beginning Sunday night. While the exact forecast is still developing, the National Weather Service believes snow, freezing rain and sleet are all probable for north and central Mississippi.
“We don’t take any potential winter storm emergency lightly in this state,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “Mississippians don’t have to deal with icy conditions very often so it is imperative our citizens be prepared and keep a close eye on the forecast to stay safe.”
MEMA will activate the State Emergency Operations Center at 10 p.m. Sunday night to monitor and respond to any requests for assistance.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation is already pre-treating highways to reduce ice accumulations and has crews prepared to continuously work the interstates and state roads.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is increasing its number of state troopers ready to respond to any incidents.
The Mississippi Department of Education is working closely with all school districts ready to assist with any decisions on school closures, although most schools are closed Monday due to holiday.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services is working closely with county emergency managers, the Red Cross and Salvation Army for possible sheltering needs.
The Mississippi Department of Health is in close contact with medical facilities and staff ready to support any impacts.
MEMA along with other state agencies will provide preparedness information and situational updates through the state joint information center.
The public is encouraged to follow updates from MEMA on Twitter, Facebook and at www.msema.org. You can also download MEMA’s free mobile phone app on Android or iPhone devices.