By Melissa Johnston
What type storms are we susceptible to?
How can we track these weather
How will we prepare for them?
What should we include in a safety kit to
have ready for severe weather incidents?
Violent storms that
come from powerful
Appear as a funnel or
cone shaped cloud.
Winds can reach up
to 300 mph.
Mostly occur in
March thru August.
TORNADO WATCH TORNADO WARNING
Tornadoes are A tornado has been
Staytuned to the shelter
radio or television. IMMEDIATELY!
Severe tropical storms
forming over warm
They rotate counter-
clockwise around an
Winds are at least 74
On land they cause
heavy rains, strong
winds, and large waves.
STORM SURGE FLASH FLOODING
Heavy waves caused by Occur due to intense rain
Rise in water level causes Inland flooding of rivers
severe flooding. and streams can last for
days after a storm.
Can severely erode
beaches and coastal Cause more deaths than
highways. any other hazard
associated with hurricanes.
Can damage foundations.
Severe weather can Inthe event of power
be tracked by outages, a battery
watching your local operated weather
news or checking out radio is a great way
the radar and reports to keep up with
on the internet. what’s going
Make a family Federal Emergency
emergency plan. Management Agency
Decide what you will or FEMA shares an
do in case of a severe emergency plan form
weather emergency. that you and your
How will you get in family can use.
touch with each VISIT HERE to view
other? their emergency plan
Where will you go? form.
A basic kit should include:
• Water (1 gallon per person per day; 3 day minimum)
• Food (at least a 3 day supply per person; nonperishable)
• Battery operated radio
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal others for help
• Manual can opener
• Local maps in case of evacuation
• Cell phone with charger
• Supplies for unique needs (babies, the elderly, glasses/contact
lens wearer, special health related issues)
supplies in sealed water proof
Replace stored foods and water every six
Make sure your kit is easily accessible.
Revaluateyour family’s kit once a year to
address the changes in your needs.
Mississippi is susceptible to weather
related disasters in association with
hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding.
Knowing what to do and being prepared
for weather related disasters can help
protect your family.
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