PEARL Gov. Phil Bryant has declared the last week of May as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Mississippi to make sure residents are prepared for the upcoming tropical weather season. The 2013 hurricane season is predicted to be an active season.

“Hurricane preparedness is essential and starts with families,” Gov. Bryant said. “Begin talking with your family now about your plan for hurricane season and your emergency supply kit. Don’t wait until a storm enters the Gulf.”

Yesterday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their prediction for the 2013 hurricane season.  NOAA predicts 13 to 20 named storms, with seven to 11 of them becoming hurricanes. NOAA also says that three to six could become major hurricanes.

“NOAA has predicted an above average season for hurricanes, which always raises red flags for us,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “Local, state and federal governments are more prepared than ever for hurricane season, but personal preparedness needs to be on everyone’s mind. Have the conversation with your family now about what your family will do and where you will go if you are forced to evacuate.”

Here are some items you and your family should have in an emergency supply kit before tropical weather threatens:

  • Flashlight and battery-powered radio with extra batteries.
  • Canned and non-perishable food.
  • Bottled water.
  • Toiletry items.
  • Pet food and pet supplies.
  • Medicine and prescription medication.
  • Copies of important family papers and documents.

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