PEARL – August 17, 1969 is known as one of the most destructive days in the history of Mississippi. Saturday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and counties on the Gulf Coast will remember that day, which is the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Camille’s landfall in the state.
At 8:30 a.m., there will be a flower ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery in Gulfport. The purpose of the ceremony is to honor the three still unidentified people who died during the storm. These unidentified victims were three of 143 people who died in Mississippi due to the storm. Listed below are the other ceremonies taking place tomorrow.
· 9:15 a.m. – Coffee with National Hurricane Center Executive Director Ken Graham and MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel at the Harrison County EOC 1801 23rd Ave. in Gulfport
· 5 p.m. – Memorial service at Camille Memorial/Church of Redeemer 610 Water St. in Biloxi
· 6 p.m. – Program at Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum 115 First St. in Biloxi
· 6:30 p.m. – Memorial at War Memorial Park U.S. Highway 90 and Fleitas Avenue in Pass Christian
Not only is the power of Camille not forgotten by those who survived it, it is also not forgotten by those who study its power. A modern re-analysis of the storm shows Camille made landfall with maximum-sustained winds nearing 200 miles per hour and, in some areas, caused a storm surge of over 22 feet. It also split Ship Island in half, and the total damage caused by the storm was $1.43 billion.
With all this in mind, MEMA wants to encourage those living in the state to have a plan in place in case you need to evacuate for a hurricane. You can download MEMA’s 2019 Hurricane Preparedness Guide at http://www.msema.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-HurricaneGuide-Website.pdf. MEMA also encourages you to follow us on Twitter at @msema or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.