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Mississippi Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week

October 26 – October 30, 2015

Throughout the week, the National Weather Service, MEMA, and local emergency managers will present educational material via each offices’ webpage and social media outlets. A tornado drill will be conducted to help people prepare and protect themselves from tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, lightning, and flash floods. Each day of the week focuses on a specific type of severe weather, or on the warning and drill system.

  • Monday, October 26 will discuss severe thunderstorms. Lightning, large hail, and damaging winds from se-vere thunderstorms are much more frequent than tornadoes in the South.
  • Tuesday, October 27 will draw attention to hazards of flooding and flash floods. Flooding is the number one cause of weather-related fatalities behind heat. Remember…Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Wednesday, October 28 will emphasize tornado safety. Repeatedly, people survive tornadoes by knowing weather safety rules and by taking appropriate and timely action. A statewide tornado drill will be conducted at 9:15am. Schools, businesses and other agencies are encouraged to participate with the goal of helping everyone learn life saving rules. Thursday will be the alternate drill day if adverse weather is expected on Wednesday.
  • Thursday, October 29 will focus on snow and ice. Surprisingly, these winter events can affect the Magnolia State before winter officially begins in late December.
  • Friday, October 30 will focus on extreme cold and wind chill. Know what they are and how to prepare and protect yourself and your home.

Download the Mississippi Fall Weather Preparedness Week brochure for more detailed information on fall weather and how to be prepared.