Mid-South emergency crews issue warning ahead of severe weather

MID-SOUTH — Emergency crews in Memphis and Mississippi advise you to stay home in the event of severe weather Wednesday.

Shelby County Emergency Management Director Brenda Jones said they’re preparing to work around the clock to monitor the weather and assess the damage that may happen.

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Her office is in constant communication with local first responders to ensure that resources are ready to go in the event of a tornado or flooding. They’re also talking to the National Weather Service.

“We will monitor the severe weather from a National Weather standpoint. Their provision of the storm will determine what my office does,” said Jones.

The Emergency Operation Center will be activated throughout the day in the event that people in Shelby County need resources for recovery.

“There’s always a potential for injury if you’re out and about. During tornadic weather and thunderstorms, there’s always potential, so if it’s at all possible, we encourage everyone to shelter in place wherever that place is. If you’re at work remain at work and if you’re at home, remain at home,” said Jones.

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Desoto County is also under a 4 out of 5 risk for severe weather to possibly include large hail, strong winds and tornadoes.

The county’s emergency management team said they’re doing all they can to prevent an instance like what happened a little over a year ago when a tornado swept through Desoto County damaging more than 200 homes and was part of a weather event that killed at least eleven people.

“Everybody has a concern and they’re all doing their part,” said Chris Olson, Desoto County Emergency Services Director. “They’re in the mode to start doing what they can to prepare and get ready. We’re hoping that there’s not all to it and that there’s more preps than response, but we have to be prepared to get the roads open as quick as possible so we can get emergency equipment to it. It’s also to help with utility services so if we have issues where we lose utilities we can work to get through.”

Both agencies said everyone should have a safety plan in place in the event of down power lines, fallen trees and possible damage to homes.