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DeSoto County Fire and Emergency Management Agency (EMA)
Welcome to DeSoto County Fire and EMA

Our main goal as a department is to save lives, prevent injury, protect property, and educate our citizens on proper emergency protocols. These reasons allow us to help our community survive disasters, both natural and man-made, by utilizing the expertise of the men and women in the DeSoto County Fire and Ambulance departments. We accomplish this mission by establishing community wide readiness through public education, risk assessment, planning, and inter agency communication.

 DeSoto County is under a burn ban 

At the request of the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC), Governor Phil Bryant has issued a partial state level burn ban. The partial state level burn ban is effective immediately and includes DeSoto County.  There is no exemptions to the burn ban.


SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training


Storm observing, reporting procedures, and safety to be emphasized

The fall severe storm season is approaching.  Are you ready for whatever is in store?  Do you have a severe weather plan at your home and your workplace?  Can you recognize the clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding, or a tornado is possible?  Do you want to become part of the severe weather warning system in your county? 

As part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, the National Weather Service in Memphis will answer these and many other questions at the Skywarn storm spotter training program on Monday, October 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  The program will be in Nesbit at the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center, 830 Old Highway 50N, and is held in partnership with DeSoto County Emergency Management.

The program will discuss thunderstorm formation, severe weather production, and features associated with severe storms.  The presentation will also review tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features, and safety tips to keep in mind when thunderstorms threaten.  The program will discuss spotter operations and recommended reporting procedures.  The two-hour presentation will be in multimedia format, featuring numerous pictures of storms and nearly 25 minutes of storm video clips.

The network of trained storm spotters plays an important role in DeSoto County.  “We could not do our job as well as we do without storm spotters”, said Gary Woodall, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Memphis NWS Office.  “Real-time reports from storm spotters play a huge role in our warnings.  Radar is a great tool, but it only tells us part of a storm’s story.  The combination of spotter reports and radar data gives us the best possible picture of the storms and what’s going on inside them”.

The program is free and open to the public.  “By coming to this program, you will learn a lot about thunderstorms”, Woodall said.  “Even if you don’t become an active storm spotter, you will learn about how storms work and the visual clues you can identify when storms are in your area.  We will discuss severe weather safety tips.  This will better prepare yourself and your family for the threats that storms pose”.

The DeSoto County severe weather program is one of 15 that the Memphis NWS Office will conduct between September and early November.  The National Weather Service in Memphis provides forecasts, warnings, and weather services for 57 counties across the mid-South.  For more information on severe weather and the National Weather Service, visit the Memphis Forecast Office’s website at

Fire & Emergency Management (EMA)
Bobby Storey, Director

260 Motor Scooter Dr.
Nesbit, MS 38651

Ph: (662) 469-8017
Fx: (662) 469-8131