Prep for hurricane season now
Hurricane season officially begins today, which means it’s time to prepare for the worst.
“The time to prepare is now, not when a storm is being tracked,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “The first step in preparing for a hurricane is to have a plan of action. MDOT offers a variety of free resources to get started. We’re urging the public to take advantage of these resources and get a jump start on the preparation process.”
Though it has been a while since a devastating hurricane hit Southwest Mississippi, a category 5 storm wrecked Florida last year. Communities there are still recovering, even as they prepare for another season.
MDOT recommends residents have a survival kit ready before a storm tracks toward Mississippi. That kit should include the following items:
• Drinking water
• Water for cooking, hygiene and pets.
• Non-perishable foods
• Flashlights with batteries
• Grill with propane
• Cleaning supplies
• Mosquito repellent
• Garbage bags
• Hand soap
• First aid kit
“MDOT urges the public to take action and gather the essential items they may need to safely evacuate before a hurricane,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT Executive Director. “It’s important to have both supplies and important documents available for when the time comes.”