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Storm is a reminder to prep for hurricanes

The Hurricane Center says a tropical depression is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. This storm, thankfully, is only expected to bring heavy rainfall. Lincoln County could get a couple inches.

The relatively weak storm is a good reminder that hurricane season is here. Southwest Mississippi certainly remembers Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it brought. Keep that in mind as you prepare for this year’s hurricane season.

The best way to prepare 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

If a hurricane threatens the area, you should:

• Listen to the radio, TV or newspaper 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.

• 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 on the coast, in a floodplain, near a river or on an inland waterway.

• If you think you are in danger.