Gov. Reeves declares fall severe weather preparedness week

Governor Tate Reeves declares October 19-23, 2020 as Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi.

A record-breaking 115 tornadoes were confirmed last year in Mississippi. While April was the most active month for tornadoes in 2019, December was not far behind in regard to activity with a record number of 24 tornadoes confirmed during the month.

However, severe weather extends far beyond the impacts of solely tornadoes. Damaging wind, hail, flooding, and lightning are also dangerous hazards associated with severe weather.

“Although the spring is often coined the most active time of the year for severe weather in Mississippi, the late Fall months have proven to be just as active. Not every disaster will guarantee federal assistance. We urge residents to purchase homeowner’s insurance and review severe weather preparedness and safety tips,” says MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the National Weather Service to highlight different types of severe weather throughout the week in preparation for Mississippi’s upcoming Fall severe weather season. Here is this year’s list of featured topics:

Monday, October 19 Warning Reception Methods
Tuesday, October 20 Severe Thunderstorms
Wednesday, October 21 Tornado Safety – A statewide tornado drill will be conducted at 9:15 AM.
Thursday, October 22 Flash Flooding
Friday, October 23 Winter Weather: Snow and Ice

 

Every day throughout the week, MEMA will post short videos expanding on each of these topics. These videos will be posted on MEMA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Your local National Weather Service offices will also share additional severe weather information. Four National Weather Service offices cover Mississippi: Jackson, Memphis,New Orleans and Mobile.

More severe weather preparedness tips can be found on our website: www.msema.org.