Are you prepared for hurricanes?

Published 10:00 am Thursday, May 9, 2024

This week is Hurricane Preparedness Week in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency urges citizens to use the week to prepare for the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.

In 2023, the Atlantic basin saw 20 named storms, the fourth-longest list of named storms in a year since 1950. Of those, seven developed into hurricanes, and three intensified into major hurricanes. According to the National Weather Service, an average season has 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

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“Over the last few years, our state has confronted many natural disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “It is critical to have a plan before severe weather strikes. It can make a difference in keeping you and your family safe. I hope Hurricane Preparedness Week can help raise awareness about the upcoming hurricane season and encourage Mississippians to take the necessary steps to prepare.”

“Don’t wait for a tropical storm or hurricane to move into the Gulf of Mexico to prepare,” says MEMA’s Executive Director Stephen McCraney. “While the State is prepared to respond to a hurricane, the First 72 Hours Are On You. That means you need at least 72 hours’ worth of food and water for each family member. Take time today to prepare yourself and your family for a storm.”

Every Mississippi family should have a fully stocked disaster supply kit with necessities like water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, etc. MEMA encourages homeowners to do an insurance check before hurricane season; homeowners should also purchase flood insurance if a home is in a special flood hazard zone.

MEMA has created a new Hurricane Guide to help Mississippians prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.

Mississippians can also view the MEMA Disaster Guide in English or Spanish.