Mississippi is a coastal state with several major rivers, most notably the namesake Mississippi River. Further inland, the landscape features forests, lowland plains, and low hills.
Mississippi's location and geography put it at risk of weather phenomena and natural disasters, especially thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding. The risk of wildfires also increases during the summer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated damage from these disasters was $69.4 billion between 1980 and 2020.
Although the science of predicting these hazards is still far from accurate, the lessons from past events have improved emergency preparedness strategies. Learn how to prepare for natural disasters near you in Mississippi.