Thunderstorms with possible damaging winds are expected to hit the Mid-South today starting early in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Everyone is encouraged to postpone outdoor activities and find shelter before the storm hits.
The Shelby County Office of Preparedness (SCOP) says a basement or underground shelter provide the best protection, but if not available, interior rooms, away from windows, in the lowest level of your home or building is the next best option.
In addition, windows and doors should be secured, electrical appliances unplugged, and plumbing and corded phones should be avoided.
Lastly, it is advised to have an emergency kit ready with essentials such as a radio (battery-powered), extra batteries, helmet, whistle, flashlight, water, non-perishable food items, blankets, and pillows.
SCOP also stresses the importance of staying informed by looking for darkened skies, lightning, high winds, hail, and heavy rains, as well as, listening to radio weather updates and heeding all watches and warnings.