MEMA Urges Preparedness for Hurricane Season

Jackson, Miss. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to develop their own emergency plan before hurricane season begins June 1.

Officials say having a plan increases your chances of surviving a disaster.

As part of Mississippi's Hurricane Preparedness Week, MEMA director Robert Latham urges individuals and families to talk about what they would do in the event of severe weather.

He says the plan should include an evacuation method and route, a communications plan and a disaster supply kit.

Here are some recommendations from MEMA to have in your kit:

Flashlight(s) with extra batteries.
Portable radio with extra batteries.
NOAA Weather Radio.
Non-perishable food for at least 3 days.
Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day).
First Aid Kit with prescription medications.
Bedding and clothing for each family member.
Blankets and towels.
Plastic dishes/eating utensils.
Rain Jackets/pants.
Sun screen/sunglasses/mosquito repellent.
Baby supplies (food, diapers, medication).
Pet supplies (food, leash & carrier, vaccination records).
Sanitary supplies.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, cleanser, bleach, towelettes, toilet paper, trash bags, feminine hygiene products.
Copies of important documents.
Driver license, SS card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, medical records, family pictures, etc.
Cash, enough to fill up your vehicle with gas and travelers checks.
Emergency generator.
Bicycle helmet.


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