Severe Weather Preparedness Week upcoming

From Press Reports

Feb. 4-8 is Mississippi Severe Weather Preparedness Week, according to information provided by Webster County 911 Center Director Jimmy McLemore and the 911 staff.

Throughout the week, the National Weather Service will present educational material and conduct a tornado drill to help people prepare and protect themselves from tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, flash floods and lightning. Each day of the week focuses on a specific type of severe weather, or on the warning and drill system.

Tornado safety will be emphasized Feb. 6. Over and over again, people survive tornadoes by knowing weather safety rules and by taking appropriate and timely action.

A statewide tornado drill will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Schools, businesses and other agencies are encouraged to participate, with the goal of helping everyone learn life saving rules. Feb. 7 will be the alternate drill day if adverse weather is expected on Wednesday.

When one looks at statistics for the number of tornadoes, strong to violent tornadoes, long-track strong to violent tornadoes and tornado fatalities, the state of Mississippi ranks near or at the top in every category, especially after the year of 2011.

When a tornado warning is issued for your area, be sure and get into a sturdy structure that can provide protection from flying debris. Get to the lowest floor, put as many walls between you and the outside as possible, and protect your head.

Get out of vehicles and mobile homes.