Publications & Educational Resources


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has multiple publications available online for use in educating the public about emergencies.

  • Be Informed
  • Make a Plan
  • Build a Kit
  • Get Involved

Storm Spotter Course

A one and one-half hour course conducted by a member of the U.S. Weather Service using films, slides, and lecture. This course teaches how to recognize tornadoes, and other severe weather conditions, how to disseminate warnings, and what protective measures can be taken by individuals, as well as the tornado "look-a-likes" and how to recognize them. There is no charge for this class, but each class must be arranged well in advance by phoning (662) 469-8017, Training Officer, DeSoto County EMA or the National Weather Service Office Warning Coordination Officer in Memphis at (901) 544-0399.

Are You Ready? (IS-22)

The "Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" has been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual.
  • Natural disaster, technological dangers, and threat of nuclear war.
  • The phases of emergency management.
  • The development of emergency plans to insure the safety of yourself and your family.
To enroll in the IS-22, Visit the FEMA website.

Community Emergency Response Team

The course contains 24 hours of training in areas of disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, and disaster psychology and team organization.

To obtain more information regarding the CERT program contact the CERT coordinator, DeSoto County EMA at (662) 469-8017.