PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to prepare for severe weather forecast to move through the state late this evening and tomorrow. The National Weather Service says Mississippi can expect strong winds, large hail, severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes to develop as a low pressure system moves across the state.
“I realize that our citizens may grow weary of the seemingly endless severe weather preparedness statements being released by MEMA in the spring and fall,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “The fact of the matter is that during the changing seasons, Mississippi is prone to outbreaks of severe weather. I intend to do everything I can to make sure that our citizens are aware of these threats, and that they do everything they can to protect themselves and their families. I am hopeful that someday we can achieve a culture of preparedness where no lives are lost as a result of severe weather.”
The best way to receive severe weather notifications is with a NOAA weather radio with a battery backup. The weather radio sounds an audible alert when a warning is issued for an area, and may be purchased at many local retailers for about $30.
In addition to a NOAA weather radio, residents should monitor their local media for any forecast updates.
MEMA and the NWS recommend you take the following steps:
- Have a family emergency plan.
- Residents in mobile homes or manufactured housing should have a safe place to wait out the severe weather.
- When riding in a vehicle never attempt to outrun a tornado. You should abandon the vehicle and get into a nearby ditch or sturdy structure.
- Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without electricity for an extended period of time.
For more information about emergency supply kits, visit www.msema.org.
The public is encouraged to follow MEMA on Twitter and Facebook for updates.