This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week and those who respond to hurricanes in this area say it's time for the public to get ready.
Last year was a relatively calm hurricane season, but Hurricane Katrina is still very fresh in many minds.
"We're prepared for this hurricane season. We're hoping it won't be as bad as two years ago," said Bunky Partridge, director of Meridian Homeland Security. "We're hoping it will be like last year, but we're prepared and we want our citizens to be prepared for this."
Partridge says now is the time to do things like stock up on bottled water and put away non-perishable food items, in case something happens. Hurricane season begins next Friday, June 1.
It's expected to be another active hurricane season. Forecasters with Colorado State University have predicted 17 names storms in all, nine hurricanes, with five of those a level 3 or higher.
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