Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has declared this week as Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
Mississippi is making the transition into fall and opening the severe weather season. According to the National Weather Service, the state has been hit by more than 700 tornadoes in the months of November through February since 1950.
Local emergency officials would like to remind the public to re-supply their emergency kits and always be ready for severe weather as we move from hurricane season into fall weather patterns. Harrison County EMA Director Rupert Lacy said, “We just need people to understand, the tornado belt which used to be in Oklahoma, in Mississippi that tornado belt is kind of slipping just a little bit south and here in Mississippi we’ve seen more tornadic activity over the ten years so we need to be prepared for tornadoes. Worst case scenario is night time tornadic activity, but again, have a plan.”
On average, tornadoes cause eight deaths and 107 injuries per year in the state of Mississippi.