Mississippi State Department of Health

Storm Safety and Health
Preparing for a storm and staying healthy afterward


Severe weather readiness should begin long before the event occurs. Early preparation can prevent illness and injury, and save lives.

Prepare for a Weather Emergency

Food Safety: Preventing Food-Borne Diseases

Floodwater and Drinking Water Safety

In times of severe weather or flooding, any loss or significant drop in your water pressure, even if it is brief, means that your water supply could be contaminated by groundwater. If you notice an interruption, loss of pressure, or significant drop in pressure in your water service, follow standard boil-water precautions below. If you are unsure of the safety of your water, contact your water supply operator.

If your area is officially notified that emergency water purification is necessary, MSDH advises the following:

Power Outages: Preventing Fire Hazards

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas, and is highly poisonous. Take the following precautions to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

Clearing Standing Water: Preventing Mosquito-Borne Illness

Tips on Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Sites

Links referenced on this page
Get MS Ready for the iPhone    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ms-ready/id710673786?mt=8&uo=4
Get MS Ready for Android    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msegov.msready&hl=en
Assemble a disaster readiness kit    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,4799,122,218,html ok
More information    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,4799,122,218,html ok
More about flood water, drinking water, and private wells    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,402,122,292,html ok

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