The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says a tropical depression is still expected to form by Thursday over the northern Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of eventual track and intensity, it has the potential to produce heavy rainfall along portions of the Gulf Coast. At this time, it is too soon to determine the magnitude and location for wind and storm surge impacts along the Gulf Coast. We will keep you updated as the system develops.
MEMA says Mississippians should be aware that while the state is better prepared than ever to respond to a hurricane, it is imperative they need to take an active role in improving their ability to prepare for, survive and recover from the impacts of hurricanes by developing a family emergency plan, learning evacuation routes and assembling a three to five-day disaster supply kit that 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.
By promoting preparedness information about the dangers to the public’s health and safety that hurricanes pose and helping with relief efforts when these powerful storms strike, we can reduce the loss of life and property and help our neighbors recover more quickly from their devastating effects. With education, preparation, forecasting and coordination, we can save lives and improve Mississippi’s ability to withstand the impact of hurricanes.
2019 HURRICANE GUIDE:
If you would like to view detailed preparedness information, please read our Hurricane Preparedness Guide by clicking on this link:
If a hurricane threatens your area, you should:
- Listen to the radio or TV for information.
- Secure your home, close storm shutters or board up your windows, secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
- Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies.
- Move your boat if time permits.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
You should evacuate under these conditions:
- If you are directed by local authorities to do so, be sure to follow their instructions.
- If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure, such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well-fastened to the ground.
- If you live in a high-rise building, hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
- If you live on the coast, in a floodplain, near a river or on an inland waterway.
- If you think you are in danger.
For specific information on how citizens and businesses can better prepare for the hurricane season, click here.
HURRICANE SURGE MAPPING:
The following maps show hurricane surge potential for all three coastal counties.