Hurricane Season 2007 is officially here and forecasters say it will be a busy one. With at least 5 major hurricanes predicted this season, forecasters say the time to get prepared is now.
""Were you prepared during Katrina? Not really! So, what are doing doing differently this time? I don't know yet. I came here to see," said Meridian resident Elna Ezell.
Mrs. Ezell is one of many locals who turned out for a Severe Weather Safety Day today sponsored by the East Mississippi Electric Power Association. In case there is another Hurricane Katrina company officials say they are prepared.
"Now we're using satellite phones. We're using a lot of different technologies, some satellite technologies that we have available to us," said Wayne Henson - EMEPA General Manager.
To ensure that everyone is better prepared, as part of the day emergency agencies provided locals with helpful tips.
"We can still see fires then. One cause of fires is the use of candles. So, today I've brought my lantern here with me to show people that you need to use these instead of candles," said Ginger Hand - Meridian Fire Department.
Eugene Ramsey of the American Red Cross said, "Build a kit. Make sure you build your disaster kits."
"As for a preparedness kit it should include things such as emergency water, a first aid kit, a flashlight and hand-held weather radio with plenty of batteries and duct tape."
Aside from items needed before and during a storm, officials were also on hand showing some things that can help after the a storm as well such as this special infra-red camera which can be used to detect electrical problems.
"The mold is a different temperature on your walls and they use it to find bee nest in walls and stuff," said Bob Becher - Tennessee Valley Authority:
In the end officials say it's better to be prepared and safe than sorry.