SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st. Before that, it’s important to be prepared and to develop an evacuation plan for you and your loved ones.
“When it comes to hurricanes, you run from water and you hide from wind,” said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. “So, storm surge and related flooding threats would actually be the main reason you would have to evacuate if a storm were coming-- not wind, despite how much attention usually gets paid to the hurricane wind categories.”
Take some time this week to make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan. The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane.
If you are in an evacuation zone, figure out today where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate.
- HANCOCK COUNTY: Click here to view evacuation zone maps for Hancock County, Mississippi last updated May 6 2019 (not mobile-device friendly; you’ll have to tap the picture of the map and a pop-up map will appear, then tap the small “enlarge” icon at the top-right of the pop-up map. now you’ll have a large fullscreen map that you move around and pinch to zoom)
- HARRISON COUNTY: Click here to view evacuation zone maps for Harrison County, Mississippi last updated May 6 2019 (this is just a .pdf of the map; on mobile devices, once the image is opened, you can move it around and pinch to zoom)
- JACKSON COUNTY: Click here to view evacuation zone maps for Jackson County, Mississippi last updated May 6 2019 (this has an interactive map; on mobile devices, you can easily move the map around and pinch to zoom. there’s also a handy bar for you to enter your street address and it will zoom right down to that specific location)
You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination.
Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.
May 5 through May 11 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.