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Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
13 hrs

Severe Thunderstorms can be just dangerous as tornadoes! These storms carry dangerous lightning, large hail and damaging winds. Stay aware and prepared during t...he severe weather months in case one of these dangerous storms develop!
Here's some facts:
LIGHTNING – Lightning is one of nature's deadliest phenomenon, claiming roughly 55 to 60 lives every year across the United States and injuring hundreds more.

Many lightning strikes are harmless and have very little effect on people and the environment. However, people should keep in mind that it only takes one to endanger lives and cause damage to property.

Deaths from lightning occur –
54% in Open fields/Ball parks/Golf courses
23% Under trees
12% Beach & boats
7% Operating farm equipment
4% Near Open windows, bicycling, etc.
LARGE HAIL – Hail is the predominant driver of losses caused by severe thunderstorms. Of the estimated $10 billion in losses annually from severe thunderstorms during the past decade, large hail accounts for at least half the cost to both property and agricultural insurance entities.

Although fatalities from large hail are rare, it can cause significant injury if you are caught outside without shelter.

Quarter-size (1 inch) - Damage to shingles
Golf ball (1.75 inches) - Dents on cars
Baseball (2.75 inches) - Windshields smashed
Softball (4.5 inches) - Holes in roofs
DAMAGING WINDS – A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph for one hour and/or frequent gusts of at least 45 mph are occurring or expected within the next 36 hours. These winds will make it difficult to drive high profile vehicles. Small, unsecured objects may be blown around by these winds.

A High Wind Watch means that sustained winds of 40 mph for one hour and/or frequent gusts of at least 58 mph are expected within the next 12 to 48 hours. Check to make sure all loose objects outside are secured. Plan to postpone any unnecessary driving during this time since these winds will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. These winds may damage trees, power lines and small structures.

A High Wind Warning means that sustained winds of 40 mph for one hour and/or frequent gusts of at least 58 mph are occurring or expected within the next 36 hours. Ensure that all objects outside are secured. Refrain from any unnecessary driving during this time since these winds will make driving very difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Winds this strong may damage trees, power lines and small structures.
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**CHICKASAW COUNTY will take part in the state-wide Tornado Drill on WEDNESDAY, FEB 21 at 9:15 am

The week of February 19 through 23 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi.

We will feature a specific topic each day during the week. The schedule is:


Monday February 19 - Severe Thunderstorms and Watches/Warnings
Tuesday February 20 - Flash Flooding
Wednesday February 21 - Tornado Safety & Preparedness - statewide Tornado Drill 9:15 am
Thursday February 22 - Lightning
Friday February 23 - Receiving Severe Weather Information

Also on Wednesday 2/21, the statewide Tornado Drill including a NOAA Weather Radio test will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. CST.

The web page for Severe Weather Preparedness Week is here:

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Community Emergency Response Team training completed--
A FEMA grant helped to fund the 20-hour course on disaster preparedness. Local citizens interested in helping in times of disasters and other large scale events trained along side of Chickasaw County first responders.
"Chickasaw County is blessed with caring citizens who step up and help when our emergency resources are overwhelmed"

Chickasaw County Emergency Management added 15 new photos to the album: C.E.R.T. — with Colton Birmingham and Carl Mangum in Houston, Mississippi.
February 5 at 2:40pm

Chickasaw County's Community Emergency Response Team Training included 32 local residents. The 20-hour course kicked off Saturday, Feb. 3 and will conclude this Saturday, Feb. 10 at Houston Fire Dept. Training Center. The class consisted of first responders and citizens who will assist in the event of large scale events and disasters.The class is funded by a federal grant in conjunction with Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Course Overview- CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams)
The CERT Basic Course is delivered in the community by a team of first responders, and other qualified volunteers.
• Disaster Preparedness: Addresses hazards specific to the community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during and after a disaster as well as an overview of CERT and local laws governing volunteers.
• Fire Suppression: Covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, hazards and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, controlling utilities and extinguishing a small fire.
• Medical Operations Part I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
• Medical Operations Part II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area and performing basic first aid.
• Light Search and Rescue Operations: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques and rescuer safety.
• Psychology and Team Organization: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and workers, and addresses CERT organization and management.
• Course Review and Disaster Simulation: Participants review and practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in a disaster activity.
You are invited to take this informative training this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Houston Fire Dept. Training Center
8 am - 5 pm
Feb. 10, 2018 8 am - until
Class participants who complete the course will receive a $50 back pak with emergency response supplies.
No fee for class

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Houston's First United Pentecostal Church hosted their second annual "First Responders Appreciation Dinner" on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.
David Shaw with Mississippi Emergency Management Agency was the guest speaker.
Many thanks to the church family for the wonderful meal and recognition of our co-worker and friend Michael Collums, EMT.

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Chickasaw County Sheriff's Department

Meeting and Luncheon
Chickasaw County Law Enforcement Association will meet Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Chickasaw Sheriff's Office
Please join us if interested in joining the association.

North Mississippi Storm Chasers & Spotters

Chickasaw County will implement a curfew beginning at 9PM tonight until 5AM tomorrow morning. They are requesting travel limited to emergency vehicles/responders and those that are having to report to work during that time.

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In most areas expect precipitation to be tapering off gradually through midday. The exception will be around the Golden Triangle (northeast corner of the area) where a light mix of sleet, snow, rain, and maybe even a bit of freezing rain will increase some over the next hour. We have been predominately been hearing of a mix of snow, sleet, and rain this morning with snow and sleet just recently being reported as far south as the Jackson Metropolitan area and Claiborne county. In the past hour we adjusted the advisory further east in northern zones to better capture where some very light accumulation may occur on at least elevated road surfaces. Further south and southeast of the advisory any road problems are expected to be extremely minor at worst. We are monitoring the situation closely and will expand the advisory quickly if needed.
We anticipate nearly all of the precipitation to be gone by noon to 1 pm, although some freezing drizzle or light sleet may linger in along and Highway 82 corridor east of I-55 into the afternoon.
Ice on roads and bridges in multiple counties in north and central Mississippi. MDOT crews are currently working to place salt and slag on the affected roads and bridges to make them passable.

Ice has been reported in the following counties: Alcorn, Benton, Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Lafayette, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tunica, Union and Washington.

The public is encouraged to limit travel only in case of emergency in the affected areas. Traveling public should pay close attention to weather and travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service, the Mississippi Highway Patrol and local law enforcement.

We do not anticipate any road or bridge closures due to winter weather at this time; however, motorists should use extreme caution when traveling through the affected counties.

Here are some safe driving tips:

• Buckle up for safety;
• Slow down, especially when driving in winter weather conditions;
•Allow more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you;
• Brake early to allow plenty of time to stop;
• Brake gently to avoid skidding and never slam on the brakes;
• Turn on lights to be more visible to other motorists;
• Do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads;
• Stay alert and look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do; and
• drive safely.

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Do you know the difference in a Winter Storm Warning, Watch or Advisory? Here is an easy reminder...Warnings: Take Action! Watches: Be Prepared
Advisories: Be Aware

Winter weather related Warnings, Watches and Advisories are issued by your local National Weather Service office. Each office knows the local area and will issue Warnings, Watches or Advisories based on local criteria. For example, the amount of snow that triggers a “Winter Storm Warning” in the...

Reasons to learn CPR
*Most sudden cardiac events happen at home, this means the victim is likely to be a loved one
* Not just older adults need CPR, young people and babies experience breathing difficulties
*Emergencies such as swimming accidents, electrical shocks, choking all can happen to any age
-- Learning CPR is the most unselfish act you can do --

Chickasaw County Emergency Management updated their cover photo.
January 4
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CPR Training- Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018
New Hope MB Church
Hwy 15 South
Woodland, MS
9 am Everyone welcome to join

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US National Weather Service Memphis Tennessee

Dangerous wind chills to continue through at least Tuesday! Avoid prolonged outdoor exposure and make sure to take care of any outdoor pets and check on elderly.