Preparing for severe weather later today

Preparing for severe weather later today

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Meteorologists across Mississippi are warning about potentially severe weather headed south across the state Monday.

"A strong cold front will begin moving into north and west Mississippi Monday afternoon and continue south and east through the night," Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials warned Sunday night. "All modes of severe weather are possible with this system, including damaging winds, heavy rains, hail and even tornadoes."

"Everyone needs to be on guard," said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. "The key is to have a plan and not panic."

MEMA has some tips to help keep you and your family safe during severe weather. There are many ways you can be alerted to severe weather warnings:

  • NOAA weather radios. An essential tool that should be in every home or business.
  • Smartphone APPS.
  • Wireless Emergency Alert Messages. Make sure these notifications are turned "on" in your phone settings.
  • Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Local TV and radio stations.
  • Community tornado sirens.

In addition MEMA and the NWS recommend taking the following steps:

  • Have a family emergency plan and family communication plan. Every member of your family should know where to go, and how to communicate with each other if there is storm damage in your area.
  • Check on your family friends and neighbors to ensure they are prepared for severe weather.
  • Check and restock your emergency supply kit, in the case that your home is without power for an extended period of time.
  • Residents in mobile homes or manufactured housing should consider going to a more substantial structure to wait out the storm.
  • If riding in a vehicle, never attempt to outrun a tornado. You should abandon the vehicle and get into a sturdy structure. .

For detailed preparedness information, contact your county emergency management agency, or go to MEMA's website at


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