Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and state agencies continue to monitor the effects of winter weather on the state.
The current National Weather Service forecast calls for the rain to come to an end with arctic air moving in behind it. Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing through the weekend for much of the state.
The following is a list of actions, announcements and preparations being made by state agencies:
MEMA: Panola EMA is reporting one weather related traffic fatality on highway 51. MEMA continues to keep in close contact with local emergency managers and state agencies to provide resources if necessary. For updates follow us on Facebook and twitter using MSEMA.
MS Dept. of Transportation: MDOT crews are reporting ice roads and bridges in Alcorn, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Coahoma, Desoto, Lee, Marshall, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union and Yalobusha counties. MDOT crews are working to clear these roadways of ice. All roads and bridges have been reported as passable.
MS Department of Human Services: DHS offices are closed in the following counties: Alcorn, Atalla, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Desoto, Grenada (also closed Friday), Holmes, Itawamba, Kemper, Lafayette, Lee, Lowndes, Marshall, Montgomery, Monroe, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pontotoc, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tunica, Union, Webster and Winston counties. Additionally the Child Support Offices in Webster and Yalobusha counties are closed. Currently all other county offices are open. Closings will be announced through MS Public Broadcasting and other local media sources as available. Follow the Mississippi Department of Human Services on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/MS_DHS
MS Department of Education: Department of Education is posting school closings as soon as the information is sent. Go to www.mde.k12.ms.us for the most up to date list of school closings.
MS Dept. of Public Safety: MDPS has reported 48 calls for service and 30 traffic accidents statewide. It has activated its 800 number which the public can call to get the latest road and weather conditions for their area. That number is 800-843-5352. Mississippians can also go to, www.dps.state.ms.us look under road conditions to find district by district information.
MS Attorney General: “Consumer Tips for Storm Victims” guide can be found at www.agjimhood.com . Many of these tips are applicable in winter/ice storms. Consumers with concerns or any fraud related complaints can call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-281-4418.
MS Division of Medicaid: Division of Medicaid regional offices are closed in Columbus, Corinth, Holly Springs, New Albany, Senatobia, Starkville and Tupelo.
MS Commission for Volunteer Service: MCVS has made initial preparations to manage a potential volunteer response, including placing two AmeriCorps NCCC Disaster Response Teams on standby and notifying Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters to issue a tentative alert to affiliates. MCVS will work with local emergency managers to establish Volunteer Reception Centers as needed; information concerning requests for volunteer assistance will be available at www.mcvs.org.
MS Department of Mental Health: DMH continues to keep in contact with its facilities to monitor any needs related to the weather. The goal of DMH and its facilities is to ensure the safety of all people affected or potentially affected. For a complete list of program closings visit http://www.dmh.ms.gov/disaster.htm.
MS 211: Hotline can be accessed from any phone around the state by simply dialing 211 just as you would 911 for an emergency. Our call specialists can connect callers to the help they need--from shelter information to financial assistance with heating bills.