Governor Reeves declares February 11-17 as Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week

PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – Governor Reeves declared February 11-17, 2024, Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi. Last year, Mississippi had 61 confirmed tornadoes, including one EF-4 and two EF-3 tornadoes that touched down during the March 24th outbreak. That storm system moved across the state, claiming the lives of 22 Mississippians.

“We have seen just how important it is to prepare for severe weather and how having a plan before a disaster can be lifesaving,” said Governor Tate saw Reeves. “I encourage all Mississippians to review their severe weather preparedness plan, especially as we approach Spring.”

“So many lives were lost last year due to severe weather. All families should have a plan of action when severe weather warnings are issued. It’s important for everyone to have multiple ways to receive alerts and have a pre-identified safe place to go,” says MEMA Executive Director Stephen McCraney. “I encourage all Mississippians to use this week to prepare for the upcoming spring severe weather season.”

Topics for Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week:

Sunday Make a Plan
Monday Severe Thunderstorms
Tuesday Flash Flooding
Wednesday Tornadoes (Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:15 am)
Thursday Lightning
Friday Alerts and Warnings
Saturday Mobile Home Safety


The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the National Weather Service to highlight different types of severe weather and ways to prepare for the upcoming spring severe weather season. MEMA urges all Mississippians to have a disaster supply kit stocked with food and water year-round. Knowing a safe place to seek shelter when severe weather is in your area is also essential.

Each day of Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week, MEMA will use informational graphics, videos, and engaging content on these topics. Keep up with Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week by visiting MEMA’s Facebook and Twitter pages and MEMA’s YouTube page. Your local National Weather Service offices will also share additional severe weather information. Four National Weather Service offices cover Mississippi: JacksonMemphisNew Orleans, and Mobile.

MEMA’s Disaster Guide also has additional severe weather preparedness tips: click here.