PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant declares Oct. 27-31 Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi.

The National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado warning on NOAA weather radios at 9:15 on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Schools, government agencies and businesses throughout the state are encouraged to participate in the tornado drill.

“It’s extremely important for you to have a plan well in advance of severe weather entering the state,” Gov. Bryant said. “This year, we have unfortunately been reminded of the damage that severe weather can cause in a very short time.  One of the best ways to protect yourself is to be prepared and to have a NOAA weather radio that can alert you to approaching danger.”

November is the second highest month for tornadoes in Mississippi according to NWS data. Severe storms are commonplace this time of year as we shift from warm to colder weather. Being prepared for thunderstorms, tornadoes, flooding and winter weather is essential.

“We saw one of the coldest winters in recent memory last year that brought ice as far down as the Gulf Coast,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “Our citizens need to think now about how they will prepare and respond to whatever weather comes our way. Surveys conducted after some of our worst weather-related disasters indicate that when citizens are prepared and take the precautions necessary, their lives can be saved.”

There are several ways to receive severe weather warnings, like a NOAA weather radio, or one of several applications on mobile devices. A number of free mobile applications are available for download on smart phones, which can alert you when a watch or warning is issued for your area.

“NWS watches and warnings continue to become more accurate and dependable,” said Jackson NWS Meteorologist in Charge Alan Gerard. “However, if people don’t have a way to receive the warning, and know what actions to take to protect themselves and their families, they can’t serve their purpose, which is to save lives.”

MEMA and the NWS will have a different severe weather preparedness message every day this week on their websites and social media platforms.

Local weather information and alerts are available through the NWS online at the following websites:

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.