Governor Tate Reeves has declared April 30-May 6 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Mississippi.
The Republican governor along with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are encouraging residents to utilize this week to prepare for the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
“Over the last few years, our state has confronted hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and more,” Reeves said. “It is critical to have a plan before severe weather strikes. It can make the difference in keeping 4you and your family safe. I hope Hurricane Preparedness Week can help raise awareness about the upcoming hurricane season and encourage Mississippians to take the necessary steps to prepare.”
Throughout the week, MEMA will highlight key messages, facts, and ways to be prepared on the agency’s social media outlets:
- April 30 – Know Your Risk: Wind & Water
- May 1 – Prepare Before Hurricane Season
- May 2 – Understand Forecast Information
- May 3 – Get Moving When a Storm Threatens
- May 4 – Stay Protected During Storms
- May 5 – Use Caution After Storms
- May 6 – Take Action Today
“Don’t wait for a tropical storm or hurricane to get in the Gulf of Mexico to prepare. Protect your families by getting ready,” MEMA executive director Stephen McCraney said. “While the state is prepared to respond to a hurricane, the first 72 hours are on you. That means you need at least 72 hours’ worth of food and water for each family member. Take time today to prepare yourself and your family for a storm.”
The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1. In 2022, there were 14 named storms, eight of which formed into hurricanes and two of which became major hurricanes. Portions of Mississippi are still recovering from Hurricane Ida which caused over $30 million in damage across the state in 2021.