JACKSON, Miss.–Tornadoes, floods, hail, heavy rains, severe thunderstorms: all of these happen in Mississippi. This week has been set aside to teach you how to be better prepared so that when a severe weather event comes your way, you know what to do to save your life and property.
The National Weather Service said you should know the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado or a severe thunderstorm. You should have an ear to your local radio, TV or NOAA weather radio.
A warning means a tornado or severe storm has been detected by radar or spotted by a trained spotter and is headed you way. You should take cover.
A state-wide tornado drill was set for Wednesday at 9:15. School were set to participate state-wide and businesses were invited to participate, too.
Everyone is encouraged to buy a NOAA weather radio, which is available for about $35 at Radio Shack or Walgreens. This device can be set to automatically sound a loud alarm when there is approaching severe weather. It can be set to go off just for your county and will wake you up at night with a loud series of beeps.
This is a link with all the information on Severe Weather Preparedness Week for Mississippi: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jan/?n=swaw