BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi is waiting and watching to see what impact a tropical disturbance could have here. With this being the peak of hurricane season, the American Red Cross is taking time to make sure it has everything it needs in case of severe weather, and officials say you should be doing the same at home.
From diapers to cold medicine, the Red Cross has to make sure it has all the supplies needed for severe weather shelters to open in a very short amount of time.
Director Jay Huffstatler said, "We've just gone through some of our shelter kits to make sure everything is up to date. Nothing is expired. Making sure we have all the items we need in our shelter kits so that we can be able to deploy them quickly to our shelters."
Officials said those planning to ride out storms at home will need batteries, flash lights, canned goods and other items. They said it's good to check ahead of time to make sure devices work properly and nothing has spoiled.
"Because your water can go bad. Make sure that your batteries are working and your flashlight," said Huffstatler. "It's better to go out now and get those items from your Home Depots, Lowes, your grocery stores and things like that so you can beat the rush. If you get there too late those items might not be there. Make sure that you're prepared to take care of you and your family."
Red Cross officials said if you are not sure if you're as prepared as you need to be, they can help.
"The Red Cross has information on our website at www.redcross.org about what you need to do. You can also download our apps that will have information about where shelters are and gives you tips and tests you can take to make sure you are prepared. So it's always great to know what you're going to do and have everything you need in event a storm does threaten South Mississippi," said Huffstatler.
Red Cross officials also recommend people pay close attention to local media to get the latest weather information.