Severe Weather Expected to Arrive WednesdayBy Kristian Weatherspoon | Published 09 Apr 2013 10:53am |
Severe weather is expected to hit Mississippi on Wednesday. Organizations like The Red Cross are urging Mississippians to be safe and get prepared early.
In a press release, Bob Devaney, emergency services director for the Red Cross of Mississippi Region says,“By preparing together for severe thunderstorms, we can make our families safer and our communities stronger. We can help you and your family create a disaster preparedness plan now, before our community is threatened by high winds, hail, lightning and excessive rainfall.”
The Red Cross Mississippi Region recommends the following:
· Make a Home Disaster Plan: Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during severe weather. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail. Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home. Remove animals from vulnerable dog houses and similar small structures.
· Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries.
· Heed Storm Warnings: A severe storm WATCH means severe weather is possible in and near the watch area. People in a watch area should keep informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued. A severe storm WARNING means severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. Seek shelter immediately. The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
· Prepare for High Winds: If you have time, secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by wind.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends a home emergency kit containing food, water, batteries, flashlights, a weather radio, and a first aid kit to prepare for any storms.
The National Weather Service is forecasting severe weather including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, and heavy rainfall to arrive Wednesday morning and last into Thursday morning.
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