|This is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Transportation
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The 2016 Hurricane Season is officially underway and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to urge residents to get prepared now, instead of waiting until a storm is on the way. Remember, it only takes one storm to change a life and community.
To help prepare Mississippians for Hurricane Season, MDOT offers several free resources including the free 2016 Hurricane Evacuation Guide. The guide features information to assist in developing a preparedness plan such as evacuation routes, contraflow information, radio coverage areas through Mississippi Public Broadcasting and important contact information from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, American Red Cross, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and bordering state DOTs and highway patrols. Individuals and families will find vital resources on shelters, pet care, 211 MS, lodging and travel resources. To order the guide, visit www.GoMDOT.com/maps or call 601-359-7045.
In addition to obtaining a copy of the free 2016 Hurricane Evacuation Guide, MDOT recommends residents make plans, take action and gather the materials needed to secure homes for Hurricane Season. Be sure to have a survival kit ready and stored in a safe place until needed. MDOT recommends the following essential items to include in a survival kit:
Non-perishable packed or canned food to last 14 days
Ready-to-eat canned meats, soup, fruits and vegetables
Canned/ boxed milk or juice
Bread, crackers, cookies and cereal
Granola bars and trail mix
Special food for babies and the elderly
Non-perishable food for pets
Cooler for ice and food storage
Flashlight with extra batteries or hand-crank
Grill with extra propane, charcoal or Sterno
Car charger for cell phones
Water purification tablets
Napkins, paper towels and toilet paper
Paper plates, cups and plastic eating utensils
Outdoor extension cords
Blankets and towels
Basic tool kit, work gloves and duct tape
Waterproof tarp, plastic sheeting and rope
Pet carriers and pet documentation\licenses
Two week supply of prescription drugs and vitamins
Over the counter pain reliever
Toiletries and hygiene items
First Aid Kit
Antibacterial hand soap
Plastic garbage bags
Medications for pets
If a hurricane is on the way, always remember to shut off utilities and propane tanks, turn all refrigerators and freezers to the coldest setting and leave the doors closed, fill a tub with water and unplug all appliances and electronics.
In addition to preparing a survival kit for hurricane season, MDOT also offers home readiness checklists along with tips and instructional videos on how to get prepared at www.GoMDOT.com/hurricanes. Stay updated during the storm by following @MississippiDOT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and Google+ along with #HurricaneStrong and #ItOnlyTakesOne.