Severe Weather Preparedness Week begins in MS

Severe Weather Preparedness Week begins in MS

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Governor Phil Bryant has declared this week as Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Since 1950, National Weather Service records show there have been 801 confirmed tornadoes in Mississippi in the spring months.

"Mississippians have learned that we must be prepared for severe weather just about every month; but historically, the spring has been the most active and deadly," Gov. Bryant said. "Knowing how to receive alerts and having a plan has proven to save lives."

"Technology has advanced to the point where there are so many different ways to receive warnings that allow you to take action in advance of any storm," said MEMA Director Lee Smithson.

For detailed preparedness information, contact your county emergency management agency, or go to MEMA's website. You can also stay ahead of any threatening weather by downloading the free WLOX Weather app on your smartphone or iPad.

The National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado warning on NOAA weather radios at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday. Schools, government agencies and businesses throughout the state are encouraged to participate in the tornado drill.

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