MEMA assessing storm damage in county; launches new app

Published 8:30 am Wednesday, March 15, 2023

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is launching its new MEMA mobile app to assist citizens in reporting damage from the recent severe weather event.
The free app is available to download on Apple and Android devices. Mississippians can utilize this new tool to report damage to MEMA.
The MEMA App includes a number of features for users to stay informed before, during, and after a severe weather event or disaster.
“The MEMA app is one of the many strategies our team is using to increase emergency preparedness among the residents of Mississippi,” says Executive Director Stephen McCraney.
“Mississippi experiences severe weather year-round. This app is the perfect tool for all citizens to easily report damage, receive severe weather alerts, and be prepared for the next round of storms.”
MEMA is working with counties to assess damage from the severe weather on Feb. 16.
The following counties report damage to homes ranging from affected to destroyed: Jefferson Davis, two homes; Lincoln, three homes; Tippah, six homes and three businesses.
The MEMA App also allows users to customize weather alerts, what town or city they would like to receive them from, and the type of watches and warnings to monitor.
Not only that, the MEMA App provides helpful checklists for Mississippians to ensure they’re prepared for any disaster. Other customizable features of the app include:
•Local and statewide severe weather alerts.
•A link to reported power outages.
•Local traffic alerts.
•A link to self-report tool, Crisis Track.
•A list of shelters and safe rooms.
•How to create a severe weather plan.
•Storage for emergency contacts.
•Storage for important documents.
•Frequently asked questions.
•Emergency preparedness tips.
•Emergency disability tips.
“I think this will be another free, valuable tool for the residents of Jefferson Davis County to assist with reporting damages,” said JDC Emergency Management Director Jocelyn Ragsdale.
“It also includes other features to stay informed before, during and after weather events or a disaster. Preparedness saves lives.”
MEMA constantly uses innovative ways to cultivate a culture of preparedness in Mississippi.
Search “MEMA Mississippi” in the App Store.

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