In a news release sent out by his administration, Governor Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency in preparation for severe weather that is forecast to affect Mississippi today.
The National Weather Service predicts portions of the state could experience high winds, heavy rains, flash flooding and the potential for hail and tornadoes.
A State of Emergency declaration is an administrative tool that allows state officials to position and deploy resources to assist areas that are affected by an emergency. The State Emergency Operations Center is partially activated with key response personnel and is prepared to fully activate if necessary.
"This storm system has the potential to create dangerous conditions, and we are monitoring it closely," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "Residents should not overreact but should make plans now to ensure they are prepared for a variety of conditions, including strong winds and rains and the possibility of hail and tornadoes. Know how to receive emergency information and know where you will go if you need to seek shelter."
Residents can find preparedness information at MEMA's website, www.msema.org.
The following are some of the most effective ways to receive weather alerts:
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