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This week has been proclaimed the Mississippi Severe Weather Preparedness Week by Mississippi Governor, Tate Reeves.

National Weather Service Offices serving counties in Mississippi, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, and other supporting organizations ask for your help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advance planning and increased awareness will help residents of southern Mississippi prepare for potentially deadly storms.


April 15 2011 Tornado Outbreak
The picture above is from the EF3 tornado that hit Leakesville, MS during the April 15, 2011 Tornado Outbreak.


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 Severe Weather Preparedness 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 you must take immediate action to protect yourself and others.

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)
     KNOWLEDGE  of safety rules when severe weather strikes
     RELIABLE  method of receiving emergency information
     DESIGNATION  of an appropriate shelter
     DRILLS  to test the plan


Electronic version of the 2022 Mississippi Severe Weather Preparedness Booklet.


Statewide Tornado Safety Drill:  Wednesday, February 14
We encourage everyone to conduct their own safety drill on Wednesday, February 14. This "tornado safety drill" will be accomplished in conjunction with our weekly NOAA All-Hazards Radio Test that will be run at a special time around 9:15am. An actual tornado warning *WILL NOT* sound, but this is an excellent opportunity for schools, civic organizations, and businesses in southwest and south-central Alabama to practice what they would do in the event of a tornado warning.


Severe Weather Preparedness Week Topics





NOAA Weather Radio Icon


Flash Flooding

Tornado Safety


Warning Reception


Additional Information

     Mississippi Severe Weather Preparedness Booklet

     YouTube - Severe Weather Safety Videos (with ASL and captions)
     YouTube - Severe Weather Preparedness Videos
     YouTube - Weather Safety Videos
     YouTube - Severe Weather Videos

     SKYWARN Program Details
     SKYWARN Spotter Class Schedule

     NOAA Weather Radio Information for our area

     NWS Mobile Tornado Museum
     Past Significant Weather Events


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You are also invited to contact the National Weather Service in Mobile, AL 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 staff.

For more information, contact:

     Jessica Chace, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
     National Weather Service Forecast Office - Mobile, AL
     251-633-6443 ext. 223