Saturday, March 17, 2018

SEVERE STORMS EXPECTED SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to prepare for the
potential of severe storms Sunday through Monday. The National Weather Service says most of the state has a risk of seeing strong to severe storms that include high winds in excess of 60 mph, hail and tornadoes.

“According to the NWS, these are the most ripe conditions we’ve seen this year for severe storms,” said MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson. “Please have a way to receive weather alerts and have a safe place plan, especially those living in mobile homes.”

MEMA also reminds you to clear your yards of debris like tree limbs and outdoor furniture as they could cause damage when picked up by high winds.

Some ways to receive severe weather warnings:
NOAA Weather Radio: An essential tool that should be in every home or business.
Wireless Emergency Alert Messages: Make sure these notifications are turned “on” in your phone settings.
Smartphone Applications.
MEMA’s social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter.
Local radio and TV stations.
Community tornado sirens.

MEMA and the NWS both recommend you take the following steps:
Know your family emergency plan in case a weather warning is issued.
Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without electricity for an extended period of time.

The State Emergency Operations Center will monitor the storms as they pass through the state, and release any updates as they become available.

For detailed preparedness information download the MEMA mobile app to your smartphone by searching Mississippi EMA in your app store. Also visit MEMA’s website at www.msema.org. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on Twitter @msema.