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Hurricane Preparedness Week kicks off today

Zeta (Image courtesy of the National Hurricane Center)

Governor Tate Reeves has declared today through Saturday, May 9th – 15th, Hurricane Preparedness Week in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency encourages all Mississippians to use this week to build a three to five-day disaster supply kit in anticipation of the official start of hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Your disaster supply kit should include:

  • 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

“We saw our most active hurricane season on record in 2020. Thirty named storms formed in the Atlantic. Our message this year: The First 72 Is On You. MEMA will be there in times of need, but getting to those affected could take time due to debris and downed powerlines. All families should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours after a storm hits until help can arrive,” says Executive Director Stephen McCraney.

Out of the 30 named storms last year, there were 13 hurricanes, six of which were major hurricanes.

This year’s hurricane season is once again predicted to be above normal.

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