GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - With hurricane season just around the corner, it's time to start preparing. Wednesday, instructors from the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center made a stop in Gulfport. Garden Park Medical Center employee Nicole Duplichien attended the class. She's also a part of their emergency management preparedness team.
"For us, it's very important to get the information out to make sure our staff are aware of what's going on and what their requirements are and make sure that our patients are safe," said Nicole Duplichien.
Through this training program, people from many different fields learn how to interpret weather forecasts. Matt Lowry who is one of the instructors says the class is designed to help decide how to disseminate all the different information and when to activate alerts.
"So, the idea is to get them informed about the hazards or hurricanes, the type of information that comes from hurricane forecasters, how to interpret that. And then how to make an informed decision for their best interest, whether it's their family, whether it's their community, whether it's decisions that have to be made in terms of evacuating whole communities, cities, and towns," said Lowry.
During a storm, there's lots of information circulating. So, by having employees with a little bit of background knowledge, it should help businesses make a decision about when to act.
"This is to sort of empower people. And even those people who aren't meteorologists, they know a little bit more coming out of this course about how do we make a forecast and ahh it makes a little more sense to them," said Lowry.
Instructors hope the short course, gives those who attend confidence when helping their place of business make a major decision ahead of a major storm.
Thursday's training will be hosted by the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency in the Kiln.