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October 24-28, 2016 is Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi. The National Weather Service, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and other supporting organizations ask for your help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advanced planning and increased awareness will help residents of Mississippi survive these deadly storms.

 2016 Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week Booklet

Click on the image to access the 2016 Mississippi Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week booklet

Severe Weather Preparedness Week Brochure

Severe weather watches and warnings are ineffective if the public does not receive the message or is not knowledgeable of the safety procedures to follow. The purpose of Mississippi Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week is to provide people with the knowledge necessary to protect their lives when severe weather threatens, and also to be a reminder that there is a secondary peak of severe weather in the fall months. In addition, this year we also will highlight some important tips with regard to winter weather.  Throughout this webpage, you will find information regarding different hazardous weather, past events, definitions and safety tips.

Whether in the form of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, or even winter weather, hazardous weather can develop very quickly. Once a tornado approaches, or flooding develops, it is too late to start working on a preparedness plan. When severe weather develops, and warnings are issued, we must take immediate action to protect ourselves.

So how can you prepare for severe weather? For a severe weather preparedness plan to be successful, it must include the following:

  • knowledge of terminology such as watches and warnings,
  • a thorough knowledge of safety rules to follow when severe weather strikes,
  • a reliable method of receiving emergency information,
  • the designation of an appropriate shelter,
  • and drills to test the plan.


Tornado Drill on Wednesday, October 26th.


This will be conducted at 9:15 am, using the Routine Weekly Test through NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards. We strongly encourage local emergency managers, school officials, businesses, and home owners to participate in this drill. The best way to learn what to do when severe weather approaches is to practice when the weather is not threatening.


  Severe Weather Preparedness Week Schedule
Monday, October 24th
Warning Reception
Tuesday, October 25th
Severe Thunderstorms
Wednesday, October 26th
Tornado Safety There will be a statewide tornado drill in conjunction with the Routine WeeklyTest at 9:15 am.
Thursday, October 27th
Friday, October 28th

Extreme Cold and Wind Chill

Snow and Ice



Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week Video Chat
Check out the great information from our 2015 video chat involving Mississippi National Weather Service offices. This chat was held to discuss various severe weather preparedness topics and can be viewed in its entirely below.

Additional Information Here are a couple of links to helpful information: Mississippi Tornado Statistics and NOAA Weather Radio

You are also invited to contact the National Weather Service for interviews, information, or answers to any questions you may have. In many instances, we are also able to present severe weather awareness programs to civic and industrial organizations, schools, amateur radio clubs, and hospital staffs.

For more information, contact any of the following:

  • Chad Entremont, Acting Meteorologist in Charge
    National Weather Service Office Jackson, MS
    601-965-4638 ext 224
  • Gary Woodall, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office Memphis, TN
    901-544-0405 or 0401 ext 223
  • Jason Beaman, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office Mobile, AL
  • Frank Revitte, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA
    985-645-0899 ext 223
  • Greg Flynn
    MEMA External Affairs