PEARL Gov. Phil Bryant has declared May 25-29 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Mississippi to ensure residents are prepared for the upcoming tropical weather season. This year also marks the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that devastated the entire Mississippi Coast on August 29, 2005.

“Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, we have vivid memories of the storm and its aftermath. As our state has seen too many times, hurricanes can cause unparalleled destruction,” Gov. Bryant said. “As a result, we are more prepared than ever for the threat of tropical weather.”

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will provide valuable preparedness information throughout the week for citizens and businesses on its website and social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter. Personal and community planning are the foundation for preparedness.

“I tell our citizens, for every disaster we face, that positive outcomes are produced by what people do to prepare themselves, their families and their neighborhoods,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “When it comes to hurricanes and tropical systems, there is no reason we should have loss of life because there is plenty of time to prepare and put together your personal plans.”

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts June 1 and runs through November 30, although there has already been one named storm, Tropical Storm Ana during early May.

One of the first steps you should take is to create or restock an emergency supply kit before tropical weather threatens:

  • 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.

For more information about how to prepare for hurricane season, go to MEMA’s website at or download the MEMA mobile app on your iOS or Android device. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter.