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Are you prepared for hurricane season?

Photo courtesy of the Mississippi National Guard.

Hurricane season officially begins in less than a week and will continue through November 30th.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says a hurricane is one of the most dramatic, damaging, and life-altering events that can occur in our state. This year marks the 15 years since Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi on August 29, 2005, taking the lives of 231 citizens, destroying thousands of homes and causing billions of dollars in damage.

MEMA says while the state is better prepared than ever to respond to a hurricane, it is imperative for citizens to take an active role in improving the ability to prepare for, survive, and recover from the impacts of hurricanes.

The agency advises you to develop a family emergency plan, learn evacuation routes, and assemble a three to five-day disaster supply kit which should contain:

  • Flashlight and battery-powered radio with additional batteries.
  • Canned and non-perishable food.
  • Bottled water.
  • Toiletry items.
  • Pet food and pet supplies.
  • Medicine and prescription medication.
  • Copies of important family papers and documents.
  • Personal protective equipment

Click here to view the 2020 Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

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