PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency urges residents to pay close attention to a storm system which will move through the state late tonight and early tomorrow morning bringing the threat of severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and even tornadoes.
The latest National Weather Service forecast calls for storms to begin moving through the state around midnight ahead of an approaching cold front. This storm system is not expected to exit the state until late tomorrow morning.
“Severe storm systems that hit overnight are some of the most dangerous because people have already gone to sleep,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “Weather radios are great resource, but a family communication plan is also extremely important. Residents should be prepared to warn family, friends and neighbors if severe weather threatens their area.”
MEMA recommends that every home have a NOAA weather radio or some means of receiving severe weather warnings in their home. The weather radio sounds an audible alert when a warning is issued for the immediate area, and may be purchased at many local retailers for less than $40. When a warning is issued, individuals and families should execute their severe weather plan and seek shelter immediately.
MEMA and the NWS recommend taking the following steps:
- Have a family emergency plan in case a weather warning is issued for your area.
- Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without electricity for an extended period of time.
- Residents in mobile homes or manufactured housing should consider going to a safer place to wait out the severe weather.
- When riding in a vehicle, never attempt to outrun a tornado. You should abandon the vehicle and get into a nearby ditch or sturdy structure.
In addition to a NOAA weather radio, residents should monitor their local media as well as the NWS at www.srh.noaa.gov <http://www.srh.noaa.gov> for forecast information and updates.
For more details on family and personal preparedness, please visit MEMA’s website at www.msema.org <http://www.msema.org> .
The public is encouraged to follow MEMA on Twitter and Facebook for updates.