WHEREAS, the State of Mississippi has regularly suffered the effects of severe weather throughout history, thousands of lives have been lost, and untold amounts of damage and destruction have been caused by severe weather; and
WHEREAS, history has demonstrated that a well-informed and well-prepared citizenry suffers less in personal injury and property damages as a result of these storms; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service will commission Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System to provide enhanced weather warning forecasts for the State of Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, through State and Federal partnerships, the National Weather Service and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency have brought additional severe weather warning capabilities to Mississippi through the installation of two additional NOAA Weather Radio stations; and
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and other agencies have expressed a desire to work with the citizens of our state and the news media to inform Mississippians of severe weather safety and preparedness:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, hereby proclaim the week beginning February 22, 2004, as
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
in the State of Mississippi.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.
DONE in the City of Jackson, on the twenty-fifth day of March in the year of our Lord, two thousand and four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and twenty-eighth.
Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741