Preparing for hurricanes: State leaders gather in Biloxi

Preparing for hurricanes: State leaders gather in Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - As we approach the start of hurricane season, leaders across Mississippi are making sure all resources are in place, all emergency crews are ready to deploy and Mississippians know what to do before, during and after a storm.

On Thursday, Gov. Phil Bryant, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Latham and other officials with the state's health and public safety department gathered in Biloxi to detail the state's plan for the 2015 season.

The news conference was held during the 2015 Mississippi Partners in Preparedness Summit at the IP Casino at 11:15 a.m.

Bryant declared May 25 through May 29 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Mississippi. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the storm that devastated the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005.

"Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, we have vivid memories of the storm and its aftermath. As our state has seen too many times, hurricanes can cause unparalleled destruction," said Bryant. "As a result, we are more prepared than ever for the threat of tropical weather."

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts June 1, and runs through Nov. 30. There has already been one named storm, Tropical Storm Ana, during early May.

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