Hurricanes and Major Storms

Officially, hurricane season starts on June 1 and runs through November 30. Because you may lose service to your major utilities in the event of a hurricane or major storm, we recommend reviewing the list below and take the necessary steps to prepare for such an event.

For other items recommended tips and helpful practices to prepare for major storms, we recommend you visit the National Hurricane Center's website.

Ice Storms and Winter Weather

Ice storms are one of the most dangerous weather conditions in the world and they are capable of causing massive damages, injuries, and fatalities. During extreme winter weather and ice storms, the weight of the ice can cause power lines to fall and loss of power to Mississippi's citizens.  These storms can also affect your gas and water utility service. Here are some ways to prepare for such conditions.

The Center for Disease Control has a number of other tips to prepare for extreme winter weather conditions.


In a report filed in November 2008, The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that a serious earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone could result in "the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States," further predicting "widespread and catastrophic" damage across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and particularly Tennessee, where a 7.7 magnitude quake or greater would cause damage to tens of thousands of structures affecting water distribution, transportation systems, and other vital infrastructure. In the event of such a natural disaster hitting the northern part of the state, Mississippians are advised to review the few preparedness tips below.

Please refer to the MS Emergency Management Agency's website for further tips about earthquakes.


Here are suggested tips to prepare if you live in a flood zone or if you are threatened by potential flooding.

For more flood readiness information, please visit the Center for Disease Control's website.

Reviewed and/or updated on 06/30/2018 by