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February 9-13, 2015 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi. The National Weather Service, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and other supporting organizations ask for your help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advanced planning and increased awareness will help residents of Mississippi survive these deadly storms.

 2015 Severe Weather Preparedness Week Booklet

Click on the image to access the 2015 Mississippi Severe Weather Preparedness Week booklet

Severe Weather Awareness Week Brochure

Severe weather watches and warnings are ineffective if the public does not receive the message or is not knowledgeable of the safety procedures to follow. The purpose of Mississippi Severe Weather Preparedness Week is to provide people with the knowledge necessary to protect their lives when severe weather threatens.

Whether in the form of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flash floods, severe weather can develop very quickly. Once a tornado approaches, or flooding develops, it is too late to start working on a preparedness plan. When severe weather develops, and warnings are issued, we must take immediate action to protect ourselves. Preparing for severe weather is the theme of this program.

 Louisville EF-4 Tornado

Looking northeast on Highway 25 in Leake County towards Louisville EF-4 tornado on April 28, 2014.
(Courtesy of Mark Anderton)

So how does one prepare for severe weather? For a severe weather preparedness plan to be successful, it must include the following:

  • knowledge of terminology such as watches and warnings,
  • a thorough knowledge of safety rules to follow when severe weather strikes,
  • a reliable method of receiving emergency information,
  • the designation of an appropriate shelter,
  • and drills to test the plan.

Tornado Drill on Wednesday, February 5th. This will be conducted at 9:15 am, using the Routine Weekly Test through NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards. We strongly encourage local emergency managers, school officials, businesses, and home owners to participate in this drill. The best way to learn what to do when severe weather approaches is to practice when the weather is not threatening.

  Severe Weather Preparedness Week Schedule
Monday, February 9th
Severe Thunderstorms
Tuesday, February 10th
Flash Flooding
Wednesday, February 11th
Tornado Safety There will be a statewide tornado drill in conjunction with the Routine Weekly Test at 9:15 am.
Thursday, February 12th
Friday, February 13th
Ways to receive weather warnings

Additional Information Here are a couple of links to helpful information: MS Tornado Statistics and NOAA Weather Radio

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:

  • Stephen Wilkinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office Jackson, MS
    601-965-4638 ext 223
  • Gary Woodall, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office Memphis, TN
    901-544-0405 or 0401 ext 223
  • Jeff Medlin, Meteorologist in Charge
    National Weather Service Office Mobile, AL
  • Frank Revitte, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA
    985-645-0899 ext 223
  • Greg Flynn
    MEMA External Affairs
    601-933-6652 is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.