It's state hurricane preparedness week - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

It's state hurricane preparedness week

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email 

LAUREL, MS. (WDAM) - Starting June first, Pine Belt residents have another hurricane season to prepare for nearly five years after Katrina.

It was one of the worst natural disaster's in U.S. history. That storm taught people across the Gulf Coast region not to take hurricane warnings lightly.

Don McKinnon is the Executive Director of Jones County's Emergency Operations Center.

McKinnon said, "Most people are cognizant of hurricane season every year and by all means they definitely remember Hurricane Katrina. But it's a re-education process every year."

That is because new residents move into the Pine Belt all the time that have not lived through Katrina and the destruction it unleashed.

"Pay attention to what is going on. Take your precautions, protect yourself and your family. We can only tell you what's going on and warn you about what may happen. And at some point you have to take responsibility for yourself," said McKinnon.

Emergency officials like Beth Henson with the Pine Belt Red Cross suggest the public stock up now on supplies like extra water, non perishable food, and batteries for flashlights.

Having a means to secure outside items like lawn furniture is also helpful as is a family communications plan.

Henson said, "Listen every evening to see if there is anything going on out in the Gulf. Just keep yourself aware as far as what's going on with the weather."

Another concern with this upcoming hurricane season is the current oil crisis in the Gulf, and how a storm could potentially increase the effects of that accident.

Henson said the Red Cross is participating in a conference call Friday about what officials could expect if a hurricane hits the oil spill zone. The 2010 hurricane season ends November thirtieth.

Copyright 2010 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • With death rate up, US life expectancy is likely down again

    With death rate up, US life expectancy is likely down again

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 3:34 PM EDT2018-05-23 19:34:48 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:15 AM EDT2018-05-26 12:15:25 GMT
    (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP). FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, workers dig a new grave at a church cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa. Preliminary data released on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 shows U.S. death rates rose again last year, indica...(Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP). FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, workers dig a new grave at a church cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa. Preliminary data released on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 shows U.S. death rates rose again last year, indica...
    Preliminary data shows U.S. death rates rose again last year, indicating that 2017 likely will mark the third straight decline in American life expectancy.More >>
    Preliminary data shows U.S. death rates rose again last year, indicating that 2017 likely will mark the third straight decline in American life expectancy.More >>
  • Charlotte turns tables on USM, wins 7-4 with ninth-inning rally

    Charlotte turns tables on USM, wins 7-4 with ninth-inning rally

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:59 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:59:57 GMT
    Charlotte turns tables on USM, wins 7-4 with ninth-inning rally, (Photo Source: WDAM)Charlotte turns tables on USM, wins 7-4 with ninth-inning rally, (Photo Source: WDAM)

    Southern Miss found itself on the other side of the looking glass Saturday night at MGM Park. A year after the Golden Eagles rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off home run against Charlotte to force a win-or-go-home contest, the 49ers returned the favor on the fourth day of 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship. 

    More >>

    Southern Miss found itself on the other side of the looking glass Saturday night at MGM Park. A year after the Golden Eagles rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off home run against Charlotte to force a win-or-go-home contest, the 49ers returned the favor on the fourth day of 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship. 

    More >>
  • Florida Atlantic forces showdown with Rice

    Florida Atlantic forces showdown with Rice

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:02 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:02:28 GMT
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons

    Florida Atlantic University got a bit of revenge Saturday afternoon and set up a win-or-go home situation after taking down Rice University 7-4  in the 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship.

    More >>

    Florida Atlantic University got a bit of revenge Saturday afternoon and set up a win-or-go home situation after taking down Rice University 7-4  in the 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly