PEARL, Miss. – Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) became the first state emergency management agency in the nation to earn the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service.
StormReady is a nationwide program the National Weather Service has to help protect people during severe weather.
“This is a tremendous designation for the agency, knowing we have the plans and technology in place to protect our staff and the State Emergency Operations Center during weather emergencies,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham.
The ceremony marking their achievement was held Wednesday, March 5 at the MEMA Headquarters in Pearl.
Latham said, “This I hope will remind people to work to make sure they are storm ready and that they’ve done everything that they can do to make sure their community is safe when severe weather threatens. Our goal is when all is said and done, there is only damage, no lives lost, no injuries; we just clean up the mess and rebuild.”
MEMA is the 55th StormReady designation in Mississippi, including 26 counties, 17 communities, 6 universities, 2 government and 4 military sites and another 14 StormReady Supporter sites.