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Thinking Ahead to Hurricane Season: MDOT Offers Resources to Keep You Safe

GULFPORT, Miss.–Hurricane season starts in one week, officially. But, there’s already been a named storm and if you live in Mississippi, you know that being prepared is key to being protected. The Miss. Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) is looking ahead by providing you with resources online during Hurricane Preparedness Week.

If you wait until the storm is already on its way, that’s too late, said MDOT in a news release Sunday. The first step is to have a plan of action for you, your family and your pets.

“In the 10th year after Hurricane Katrina, we are reminded on the importance to prepare and evacuate early, and we ask residents to start getting prepared now, ahead of the official start of Hurricane Season,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “With so many things to think about when the storm is officially on its way, it is critical to start getting your plan together now.”

The 2015 Hurricane Evacuation Guide features a wide range of useful information such as an evacuation map, suggested evacuation routes, contraflow information, radio coverage areas through Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and important contact information from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, American Red Cross, MEMA and DOTs and Highway Patrols in bordering states. You will also find vital resources on shelters for you and your pets, 211 MS, lodging and much more.

Visit to download the Evacuation Guide and a Hurricane Survival Checklist, find tips on how to prepare and follow links to all of MDOT’s social media resources.

For live travel information, visit, download the free MS Traffic app from the App Store or Google Play, or call 511.

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