For Immediate Release:
March 22, 2022
Mayor Lumumba declares local emergency ahead of potentially severe weather
(Jackson, Miss.) – Today, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba signed a proclamation declaring a local emergency for the City of Jackson ahead of potentially severe weather conditions. A storm front is expected to bring in damaging winds and heavy rains throughout the day Tuesday, which could lead to tornadoes, golf ball-sized hail, lightning and flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
The City and Department of Public Works will continue to monitor the weather and work crews will remain on standby to provide necessary response efforts. Those include the possible closing of viaducts in areas prone to flooding and the opening of necessary emergency shelters. In anticipation of extreme weather, the City has closed all early childhood development and senior centers.
Sandbags can be picked up today until 4 p.m. at the Maintenance Supply building at 4225-B Michael Avalon St. If you need further assistance, please call 601-960-2395 or 601-960-1750.
Mayor Lumumba urges residents to remain vigilant and media aware. He also advises residents to identify a safe spot in case of a tornado. Residents are encouraged to prepare a disaster kit with supplies that can last at least 72 hours.
The Mayor will continue to update the public on ongoing weather response efforts as necessary.
An emergency is defined as “any occurrence, or threat thereof, whether natural, technological, or man-made, in war or peace, which results or may result in substantial injury or harm to the population or substantial damage to loss of property.”