PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are reminding residents to prepare for severe weather during the overnight hours tonight into Friday. It is imperative that citizens have multiple ways to receive weather alerts, especially after they have gone to bed.

The NWS says that there is a significant risk of severe weather the possibility of strong tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds, heavy rainfall and hail. The storm system will move into northwestern Mississippi this evening, and will impact the state until early Friday afternoon.

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 in that area.

In addition to a NOAA weather radio, residents should monitor their local media, social media or other technology such as mobile phone apps. You should not rely solely on tornado sirens. It is also a good idea to contact family or friends in areas that are under severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings to ensure they got the message.

MEMA and the NWS recommend you take the following steps:

  • Have a family emergency plan.
  • If a tornado threatens, go to the lowest level of your home and shelter in the most interior room, like a closet or bathroom and cover with pillows or blankets.
  • 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 sturdy structure.
  • If you encounter flood covered roads, remember the phrase, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
  • Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without electricity for an extended period of time.

For information about how to be prepared for severe weather, go to MEMA’s website at www.msema.org or download the MEMA mobile app on your iOS or Android device.

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