JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Gov. Phil Bryant declared Oct. 24 through October 28 as Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi.
State leaders and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency held a news conference about the week Thursday.
We’re told that Mississippi has been hit by 772 tornadoes in the months of November, December, January and February since 1950, according to the National Weather Service.
On Dec. 23, 2015, tornadoes killed 11 Mississippians and injured 56 others.
“Severe weather deaths, injuries and damage are devastating whenever they occur, but more so around the holidays when we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with friends and family,” said Gov. Bryant. “I encourage all Mississippians to be prepared and have a plan.”
The National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado warning on NOAA weather radios at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Schools, government agencies and businesses throughout the state are encouraged to participate in the tornado drill.
“There are three things for people to remember when severe weather threatens,” said MEMA Director Lee Smithson “Get off the roads, get out of mobile homes and get to a safe place.”
MEMA and the NWS will focus on specific types of severe weather each day of the week on social media and websites. The outline is as follows:
- Monday, Oct. 24: Alerts and Warnings. There are numerous ways to receive weather alerts from your cellphones to weather radios to mass notification systems.
- Tuesday, Oct 25: Severe Thunderstorms. Lightning, large hail and damaging winds from severe storms are just as dangerous as tornadoes.
- Wednesday, Oct. 26: Tornado Safety. A statewide tornado drill will be conducted at 9:15 a.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 27: Flooding and Flash Flooding. Flooding is the number one cause of weather-related deaths behind heat. Remember… Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
- Thursday, Oct. 28: Winter Weather. Surprisingly, these winter events can affect the Magnolia State before winter officially begins in late December.
Get more information from MEMA’s website.