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MEMA encourages preparation for severe weather 

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is urging all Mississippians, especially those in the northern portion of the state, to prepare for severe weather expected to hit the state Friday, March 31 in the afternoon to overnight hours. The National Weather Service predicts long-track, strong, and violent tornadoes for a significant portion of North Mississippi. Damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour and golf ball size hail are also expected.  

Residents need to take action now by:  

  • Charging cell phones 
  • Identifying safe spot 
  • Keep shoes nearby 
  • Having multiple ways to receive life-saving weather alerts 
  • Preparing for power outages  
  • Collecting and storing important documents 
  • Have batteries and flashlights on hand 
  • Have a plan for how you will power medical devices in case of an outage 
  • Determine an alternate way to keep medications cold 
  • Stock up on non-perishable food 
  • Have cash on hand 

While the state is actively responding to the impacted counties of the March 24th tornadoes, the State Emergency Operations Center is activated with assets ready to deploy if needed.  

Mississippians can download the MEMA App and search MEMA Mississippi in the App Store.  

MEMA will keep a working list of open shelters and safe rooms here. Here’s a link to MEMA’s updated video message for the upcoming severe weather.  

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