‘The Great Central U.S. Shakeout’ Exercise Set for Thursday, October 17th

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is encouraging everyone in the state to take part in ‘The Great Central U.S. Shakeout’ exercise, Thursday morning, at 10:17. During the self-led drill, participants practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”.  The essential steps to take are to: DROP to the ground. Take COVER under a […]


Damaging earthquakes can happen when we least expect them – ShakeOut 2019

Recent world events have reminded us that damaging earthquakes can happen when we least expect them, causing widespread damage, disruption, and even death.  Do you know what you would do to protect yourself if a major earthquake happened right now?  What about the schools in your district?  Do your schools practice an annual “Drop, Cover, […]


MEMA ENCOURAGES USING SOCIAL MEDIA DURING HURRICANES

In the digital age of smartphones and tablets, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages the use of social networks during tropical weather to receive vital emergency information from local, state and federal agencies, as well as nonprofit and faith-based organizations. MEMA primarily uses the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to relay […]


DON’T FORGET YOUR PETS DURING HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

Pets are family, and on day four of Hurricane Preparedness Week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) wants to remind residents that it is important to have a pet plan.  Consider these questions: Do you have enough food and water in the house dedicated for your pet? Can you take them with you to a […]


FINANCIAL PREPAREDNESS IS ESSENTIAL FOR HURRICANE SEASON

On the third day of Hurricane Preparedness Week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) wants to remind everyone that financial preparedness is just as important as physical preparedness. Once a tropical system makes landfall, many residents think the  Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) job is to make them whole again financially. However, that is not […]


MEMA REMINDS RESIDENTS TO DEVELOP AN EMERGENCY PLAN AS HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS

As we near the beginning of the 2019 Hurricane Season, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) wants the state’s residents to continue to be prepared for powerful tropical weather. Mississippi has been impacted by a tropical system in each of the last two years. “The residents of our great state know firsthand what kind of […]


MEMA Disaster Reservist Program

Do you have specialized skills that can be utilized during a natural or man-made disaster? If so, you may be an ideal candidate for our Disaster Reservist Program. This program was created to provide roster of trained and experienced Mississippians who can be activated on an “as-needed basis” to meet staffing requirements during emergencies. [youtube […]


National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program classes offered

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has been approved through the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to host two training courses in our state.  One class is a combo course titled FEMA P-154 Rapid Visual Screenings of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (Pre-disaster) and ATC-20 Post Earthquake Safety […]


Today for Spring Severe Weather Preparedness we look at the dangers of Lightning!

Lightning is a serious danger when it comes to thunderstorms! Lightning is one of nature’s deadliest phenomenon, claiming roughly 55 to 60 lives every year across the United States and injuring hundreds more. When a thunderstorm is approaching, it is important to seek shelter as soon as possible to stay safe. #mswx Safety tips to follow […]


Today’s focus for Spring Severe Weather Preparedness is Flash Flooding

Today for Spring Severe Weather Preparedness week we look into Flash Flooding. Flash flooding occurs when excessive water fills normally dry creeks or river beds along with currently flowing creeks and rivers, causing rapid rises of water in a short amount of time. They can happen with little or no warning. … During heavy rain, […]