MEMA Urges Residents to Prepare for Winter Weather

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency wants residents to prepare for the possibility of winter weather Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service predicts rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow are all possible as temperatures throughout much of the state hover near or just below freezing. The forecast calls for a storm system to […]


PEARL – Even though Earthquake Awareness Week in Mississippi is winding down it does not mean Mississippi families and residents should to stop preparing for a possible seismic event. At 10:15 a.m., April 28 everybody in our state is encouraged to take part in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. The ShakeOut is a 10 state, […]


PEARL — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management directors would like to remind citizens about what to do after an earthquake occurs. Here are some general guidelines from the Central United States Earthquake Consortium on what to do after an earthquake. Remember, aftershocks may occur, so be prepared to drop, cover and take […]


PEARL — While earthquakes have been recorded throughout Mississippi, the greatest risk of earthquake damage in our state comes from the New Madrid seismic zone. The southern end of the 200-mile long zone is in Arkansas, about 40 miles from the northwest corner of Mississippi. As part of Earthquake Awareness Week, the Mississippi Emergency Management […]


PEARL – This week is Earthquake Awareness Week in Mississippi and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management directors would like to remind citizens of how they can prepare for an earthquake. Learn to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON! Practice the drill at least twice a year with your family to drop under […]

Mike Womack Named Nema Vice President

PEARL – Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Womack has been named the Interim Vice President of the National Emergency Management Association. Washington Division of Emergency Management Director and current NEMA President Jim Mullen asked Womack to take over the role which he will assume immediately. His term as vice president will run through October […]


PEARL – This year marks the bicentennial of a devastating series of earthquakes along the New Madrid seismic zone, which impacts northwest Mississippi. Governor Haley Barbour has declared Jan. 17-21 as Mississippi’s Earthquake Awareness Week. “The threat of a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault poses a high risk for severe damage in our […]

MEMA urges safety when using alternative heat sources

PEARL – Power outages may occur during the severe winter storm system moving across the state today and tonight, and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials want to remind residents to be careful when using alternative heating sources. “Proper use of heating devices in your home really can be a matter of life or death,” said […]

Winter Weather Impacting Mississippi

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency urges residents to exercise extreme caution during an ongoing winter weather event. The National Weather Service forecast calls for continuing snow, ice, sleet and rain throughout much of the state today and early Monday. The northern third of the state could see about 4 to 8 inches of […]

Winter Blast Forecast for Mississippi

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are asking residents to prepare for possibly treacherous winter weather conditions this weekend. A blast of arctic air will move into the state from the northeast and collide with ample Gulf moisture Sunday. NWS forecasters say some areas in the northern part of […]