As we near the beginning of the 2019 Hurricane Season, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) wants the state’s residents to continue to be prepared for powerful tropical weather. Mississippi has been impacted by a tropical system in each of the last two years.
“The residents of our great state know firsthand what kind of devastation hurricane season can bring,” said MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel. “But the resiliency of Mississippians has never wavered.”
Ahead of this Hurricane Season, MEMA wants Mississippians to discuss their Family and Business Disaster Plans. The plans should include an evacuation method and route, a communications plan and a disaster supply kit. These kits should have enough supplies to last three days. That is how long it could take for emergency assistance to reach you.
Residents should also contact their county emergency management offices to learn about emergency plans for their area, locations of shelters as well as evacuation zones and routes. To find more information on your county’s emergency management offices, go to http://www.msema.org/county-ema/.
Following an evacuation, a communications plan can help residents locate family members and friends who also evacuated.
· During and after a storm, telephone service could be limited. It is often easier to call long distance, outside the disaster area, or to even send a text message from a mobile device or from social media.
· Ask an out-of-state friend or relative to serve as the family contact person.
· Make sure all family members know the name, address and telephone number for this contact
When putting together a Family Disaster Supply Kit, it should include life sustaining items such as:
· Non-perishable food and water for at least three to five days.
· A first aid kit with prescription medications.
· A battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
· Cash and traveler’s checks.
· Specialty items such as baby formula and pet-care items.
If you evacuate, remember to take your supply kit with you along with other things such as bedding if you are going to a shelter. For more information on important items to include in a disaster supply kit, go to http://www.msema.org/be-prepared/disaster-kits/
Gov. Phil Bryant declared May 6- May 10 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Mississippi.
Download the 2019 MEMA Hurricane Preparedness Guide at http://www.msema.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-HurricaneGuide-Website.pdf. Follow MEMA’s social media platforms on Facebook @msemaorg, Twitter @msema.