SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The National Weather Service designated the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency as StormReady Wednesday afternoon at the MEMA headquarters in Pearl. This makes MEMA the first state emergency management agency in the nation to receive the designation.
Mississippi has 55 StormReady locations including 26 counties, 17 communities, six universities, two government and four military sites.
"This is a tremendous designation for the agency, knowing we have the plans and technology in place to protect our staff and the State Emergency Operations Center during weather emergencies," said MEMA Director Robert Latham. "I view this as a 'practice what you preach' achievement and I encourage all communities and businesses to become StormReady designees or supporters."
StormReady is a nationwide program designed by the NWS to encourage communities to be proactive in improving severe weather preparedness.
Look here for a full list of Mississippi StormReady communities and sites http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/com-maps/ms-com.htm.