Tornado Preparedness Week
October 27 - November 1, 2013

 EF- 4 Tornado in Hattiesburg, MS on February 10, 2013

By proclamation from Governor Phil Bryant, the National Weather Service and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will have a Tornado Preparedness Week during the week of October 27 to November 1, 2013 for the state of Mississippi. The purpose of this week is to call attention to the secondary peak severe weather season that begins in the late fall. Historically, November has been a very active month for severe weather and tornadoes. The graph below shows the two peaks in tornadoes across Mississippi.



  Mississippi Tornado Preparedness Week - Daily Tornado Topics & Activities
Monday, October 28th
Tornadoes at Night
Tuesday, October 29th
Tornadoes During School Hours
Wednesday, October 30th
There will also be a statewide Tornado Safety Drill in conjunction with the Routine Weekly Test at 9:15 am.
Thursday, October 31st
Long Track & Violent Tornadoes
Friday, November 1st
Ways to receive weather warnings


 The best way to learn what to do when severe weather approaches is to practice when the weather is not threatening. Click the image below for severe weather safety tips. 


Learn how to stay alert, stay safe, and survive the storm at our SAFE web page.

Below is a list of several significant fall severe weather events which have occurred in the recent past:



  • November 21-22, 1992 - Large tornado outbreak, 14 total tornadoes with 1 long track F4 (128 miles), 5th longest. This tornado is more widely known as the Brandon Tornado. A total of 15 fatalities occurred during that horrific night
  • November 24, 2001 - Large tornado outbreak, 14 total tornadoes, 2 F4s and 2F3s. One of the F4s was the Fairfield Tornado. A total of 7 fatalities occurred across the region that early morning -Event Summary
  • November 10-11, 2002 - Veterans Day Outbreak, MS was on the southern end of the event but still had 7 total tornadoes - Event Summary
  • November 18, 2003 - A squall line moved across the region producing widespread wind damage
  • November 24, 2004 - Large tornado outbreak, 21 total tornadoes, 1 fatality - Event Summary
  • November 15, 2006 - Tornado event across southeast MS, 2 F3s - Event Summary
  • November 29-30, 2010 - Tornado event with 13 total tornadoes - Event Summary
  • October 17-18, 2012 - Early fall tornado event with a rare October EF3 tornado - Event Summary


    The National Weather Service will conduct a tornado drill on Wednesday 10/30/13 at 9:15 AM, through NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards. We strongly encourage local Emergency Managers, school officials, businesses, and homeowners to participate in this drill.

    You are also invited to contact the National Weather Service for interviews, information, or answers to any questions you may have. In many instances, we are also able to present severe weather awareness programs to civic and industrial organizations, schools, amateur radio clubs, and hospital staffs.


    For more information, contact any of the following listed below.

    • Stephen Wilkinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
      National Weather Service Office Jackson, MS
      601-965-4638 ext 223
    • Ben Schott, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
      National Weather Service Office Memphis, TN
      901-544-0405 or 0401 ext 223
    • Jeff Garmon, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
      National Weather Service Office Mobile, AL
      251-633-5456 ext 223
    • Frank Revitte, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
      National Weather Service Office New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA
      985-645-0899 ext 223
    • Greg Flynn
      MEMA External Affairs
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