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February 11-17, 2024 is Spring Severe Weather Awareness 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.

  Severe Weather Awareness Week Schedule
Sunday, February 11th
Make a Plan | Preparación
Monday, February 12th
Severe Thunderstorms | Tormentas Severas | Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Tuesday, February 13th
Flash Flooding | Inundaciones Repentinas | Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Wednesday, February 14th
Tornado Safety | Tornados (en Español) | Deaf and Hard of Hearing
There will be a statewide tornado drill at 9:15 am.
Thursday, February 15th
Lightning | Relámpago | Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Friday, February 16th
Alerts and Warnings | Alertas de Emergencia | Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Saturday, February 17th
Mobile Home/Manufactured Home Tornado Safety | Seguridad Para Casas Prefabricadas/Móviles


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 Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week is to provide people with the knowledge necessary to protect their lives when severe weather threatens.

Whether in the form of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flash floods, severe 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. Preparing for severe weather is the theme of this program.

 Louisville EF-4 Tornado

Looking northeast on Highway 25 in Leake County towards Louisville EF-4 tornado on April 28, 2014.
(Courtesy of Mark Anderton)

So how does one 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, February 14th.

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 Video Chat
A video chat involving Mississippi National Weather Service offices, the Storm Prediction Center, and the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center was held to discuss various severe weather preparedness topics. This video chat can be watched 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:

  • Michael Hill, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office: Jackson, MS
  • Todd Beal, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office: Memphis, TN
    901-544-0405 or 0401
  • Jessica Chace, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office: Mobile, AL
    251-633-6443 ext. 223
  • Lauren Nash, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office: New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA
  • Malary White
    Mississippi Emergency Management Agency External Affairs