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Hurricane prep is a smart idea, Irma or not

Though we hate to even think about it, it looks like Hurricane Irma could impact Gulf States.

That means we may be impacted here in Southwest Mississippi. Though it’s still too early to tell when or how the storm might impact the U.S., most forecast models show it could turn toward Florida over the weekend.

The National Weather Service’s forecast shows the storm at the tip of Florida sometime this weekend. 

As of Tuesday evening, Irma was a category 5 storm with 185 mph winds.

While we’re not advising locals to get too worked up about the storm, it’s a good reminder that everyone needs to remain prepared for hurricane season. The season runs until Nov. 1, so even if Irma doesn’t impact us, there’s a chance a storm will.

The best way to prepare for a hurricane is to have an emergency supply kit ready.

That kit should include:

• Flashlight and battery-powered radio with extra batteries.

• Non-perishable food for at least three days.

• One gallon of water, per person, per day for at least three days.

• Toiletry items.

• Pet food and pet supplies.

• Medicine and prescription medication.

• Copies of important family papers and documents.

• Cash and travelers checks, enough to fill up your vehicle with fuel.

You should also know where to go if you are ordered to evacuate. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Dept. of Transportation have hurricane resources available on their websites.