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October 17-22, 2022 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.

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, especially during the fall and winter months. In addition, this is a time to think about preparing for any winter weather or cold weather we experience in Mississippi. 

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.

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, October 19th.


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.


  Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week Schedule
Monday, October 17th
Warning Reception Methods
Tuesday, October 18th
Severe Thunderstorms
Wednesday, October 19th
Tornado Safety There will be a statewide tornado drill in conjunction with the Routine Weekly Test at 9:15 am.
Thursday, October 20th
Flash Flooding
Friday, October 21st
Snow and Ice
Saturday, October 22nd
Mobile Home Safety


Severe Weather Preparedness Week Video Chat

A video chat involving Mississippi National Weather Service offices was held to discuss various severe weather preparedness topics several years ago. 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:

  • Joanne Culin, Lead Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office: Jackson, MS
  • Michael Hill, Lead Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Office: Memphis, TN
    901-544-0405 or 0401
  • Jason Beaman, Meteorologist in Charge
    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