The 2020 Hurricane Season begins June 1 and continues through November 30, and a hurricane is one of the most dramatic, damaging and life altering events that can occur in our state.
This year marks the 15 years since Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi on August 29, 2005, taking the lives of 231 citizens, destroying thousands of homes and causing billions of dollars in damage.
Mississippians should be aware that while the state is better prepared than ever to respond to a hurricane, it is imperative they need to take an active role in improving their ability to prepare for, survive and recover from the impacts of hurricanes by developing a family emergency plan, learning evacuation routes and assembling a three to five-day disaster supply kit that should contain:
- Flashlight and battery-powered radio with additional 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.
- Personal protective equipment
By promoting preparedness information about the dangers to the public’s health and safety that hurricanes pose and helping with relief efforts when these powerful storms strike, we can reduce the loss of life and property and help our neighbors recover more quickly from their devastating effects. With education, preparation, forecasting and coordination, we can save lives and improve Mississippi’s ability to withstand the impact of hurricanes.
For more preparedness information:
- 2020 Hurricane Preparedness Guide
- Evacuation Zones for the Mississippi Gulf Coast
- Congregate Shelter Guidelines from the CDC and the American Red Cross.
- Mississippi Hurricane Plan
- Family Communication Plan
Plan for your pets:
If a hurricane threatens your area, you should:
- Listen to the radio or TV for information.
- Secure your home, close storm shutters or board up your windows, secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
- Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies.
- Move your boat if time permits.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
You should evacuate under these conditions:
- If you are directed by local authorities to do so, be sure to follow their instructions.
- If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure, such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well-fastened to the ground.
- If you live in a high-rise building, hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
- If you live on the coast, in a floodplain, near a river or on an inland waterway.
- If you think you are in danger.
For specific information on how citizens and businesses can better prepare for the hurricane season, click here.
After the Storm – Recovery Information:
Hurricane Surge Mapping:
The following maps show hurricane surge potential for all three coastal counties.