Photo: Some of the damage from storms that went through Tippah County. (Courtesy Tippah County News)
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is launching its new 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 Thursday, February 16, 2023. Statewide there are reports of homes damaged, trees down, and power outages due to straight-line winds and tornadoes. National Weather Service (Memphis) crews plan to survey Alcorn, Benton, Monroe, and Tippah counties today. Currently, one injury has been reported in Tippah County.
Initial damage assessments are underway. The following reports, submitted by the counties, are PRELIMINARY and will change through the assessment process. The following counties report damage to homes ranging from affected to destroyed.
- Jefferson Davis – 2 homes
- Lincoln – 3 homes
- Tippah – 6 homes; 3 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
In collaboration with the state’s partner for e-government services, Tyler Technologies’ NIC Division, MEMA’s External Affairs, and Information Technology Office, have created a user-friendly app that contains various tools and resources tailored for Mississippians.
MEMA constantly uses innovative ways to cultivate a culture of preparedness in Mississippi. “The release of the new MEMA app demonstrates how MEMA is helping put its services directly in the hands of Mississippians,” says Drew Levanway, General Manager of Tyler Technologies’ NIC Division. “We look forward to continuing our mission to expand digital government access across the state.”
Search “MEMA Mississippi” in the App Store.