MEMA warns residents not to be complacent this hurricane season

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Governor Phil Bryant has declared June, 2, through June, 6, as Hurricane Preparedness Week in the state.

As part of the week, Mississippi Emergency Management Executive Director Robert Latham is traveling around the state educating folks on the importance of being prepared. The forecast for this year is for a below average hurricane season calling for eight to 13 named storms, with three to six being hurricanes.

Latham says although it is expected to be below average, that's no reason to become complacent or let your guard down.

"If we didn't have but one hurricane and it was a major one, no one would remember how many were predicted," said Latham. The message we are trying to get across to the public is that we go into this season like we go into every season and that is to be prepared."

Forrest County Emergency Management Director Terry Steed says families should already have their hurricane kit that can sustain themselves for three to five days.

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