JACKSON, MS - This is a news release from MDOT
To Mississippians, extreme weather is a fairly common occurrence. Whether it is tornadoes, hurricanes, winter weather or power outages, most Mississippians are impacted every year by some sort of weather event. The National Highway Institute (NHI) has named September as National Preparedness Month and aims to encourage everyone to make a plan and know what to do when an emergency strikes. In support of this, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to remind Mississippians of the importance of safety and preparedness on our roadways during hazardous weather.
In February 2014, the southern portion of our state was hit with several major winter storms. So far in 2015, Mississippi has been struck by three winter weather events and 22 confirmed tornadoes. While it is impossible to predict the severity of weather events, we can prepare in advance to be ready for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at us.
To show its support of National Preparedness Month, MDOT would like to offer some general tips to help you prepare for any hazardous weather event:
- Spend time with your family making an emergency communication plan; talk about how you will contact each other and where you will meet should disaster strike.
- Gather and store supplies for all your common locations in case you need to remain in place during a flood.
- Identify your hurricane evacuation route in advance.
- Before winter sets in have a mechanic perform a thorough check of your vehicle.
- During severe weather stay off of the roads except in case of emergency.
- If driving is necessary, avoid flooded roadways, have a disaster kit in the vehicle and use extra caution. Also, stay on main roads, in case something should happen.