City officials say Pine Belt is prepared for catastrophic events - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

photo credit: WDAMphoto credit: WDAM

photo credit: WDAM

City officials say Pine Belt is prepared for catastrophic events

photo credit: WDAM photo credit: WDAM
PINE BELT (WDAM) -

People in the Pine Belt are no stranger to powerful hurricanes.

It has been 11 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, leaving a path of destruction in her wake.

While the Pine Belt is not seeing any effects from Hurricane Matthew, it serves as a reminder of what can happen.

Jones County Emergency Management Director Marda Tullos said the county is more prepared for future disasters.

“We have generators at city buildings, at courthouses and city hall,” Tullos said. “We have more safe rooms and volunteer fire departments in other areas.”

C Spire Wireless also said it is prepared. The company has two new hurricane ready “super switches” to ensure continued communications for its customers in South Mississippi, Gulf Coast and Alabama.

“You definitely want to be able to communicate with your loved ones that you are OK, and then as well as response teams to get help if any help is needed,” C-Spire Market Manager Reginald Townsend said.

The “super switches” are designed to withstand a category 5 hurricane and wind speeds up to 200 miles per hour.

“If services do go down, we have something available on the back end for our customers as well as emergency response teams,” Townsend said. 

Even though Hurricane Matthew is not in the Gulf, Tullos said hurricane season is not over for 2016.

“We’ve still got the rest of October and all the way through November so anything can happen,” Tullos said.

Tullos said the best time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins. She said it is important to get supplies, non-perishable foods, water and medicine that will last at least a week.

Copyright 2016 WDAM. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Over 400 auto burglaries in Hattiesburg, HPD turns to technology to help

    Over 400 auto burglaries in Hattiesburg, HPD turns to technology to help

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 8:28 AM EST2017-11-21 13:28:00 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    So far, in 2017 the Hattiesburg Police Department has recorded 454 auto burglaries in the Hub City. MOBILE USERS WATCH LIVE HERE An auto burglary is considered a “Part 1 Offense,” and it’s one thing the police department is setting their sights on reducing. “Any citizen of Hattiesburg should be able to go to the actual local shopping center and go there and not have to worry about their vehicle getting broken in to," said Hattiesburg Police De...

    More >>

    So far, in 2017 the Hattiesburg Police Department has recorded 454 auto burglaries in the Hub City. MOBILE USERS WATCH LIVE HERE An auto burglary is considered a “Part 1 Offense,” and it’s one thing the police department is setting their sights on reducing. “Any citizen of Hattiesburg should be able to go to the actual local shopping center and go there and not have to worry about their vehicle getting broken in to," said Hattiesburg Police De...

    More >>
  • WDAM has learned more about the car wreck that killed 20 year old Tyone Clemons.

    More details revealed in wreck that killed EMCC athlete

    More details revealed in wreck that killed EMCC athlete

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:35 PM EST2017-11-21 04:35:30 GMT
    Tyone Clemons. SOURCE: EMCC AthleticsTyone Clemons. SOURCE: EMCC Athletics

    WDAM has learned more about the car wreck that killed 20 year old Tyone Clemons. He was an East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman, and was a former West Jones High School all star athlete. Jessica Bowman was at the scene in Jones County Monday learning more about who Clemons was in the car with and what happened during this deadly accident Saturday morning.  Best Friends, teammates and brothers. That's what best describes 20 year old Tyone Clemons and 19 year old T...

    More >>

    WDAM has learned more about the car wreck that killed 20 year old Tyone Clemons. He was an East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman, and was a former West Jones High School all star athlete. Jessica Bowman was at the scene in Jones County Monday learning more about who Clemons was in the car with and what happened during this deadly accident Saturday morning.  Best Friends, teammates and brothers. That's what best describes 20 year old Tyone Clemons and 19 year old T...

    More >>
  • USM blasts Blue Mountain, 90-46

    USM blasts Blue Mountain, 90-46

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:30 PM EST2017-11-21 03:30:48 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    The University of Southern Mississippi opened play in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase Monday night about 1,100 miles from the site of the round-robin tournament’s next three rounds. 

    More >>

    The University of Southern Mississippi opened play in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase Monday night about 1,100 miles from the site of the round-robin tournament’s next three rounds. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly