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Mississippi Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Mississippi Hurricane Preparedness Guide

 

Hurricane Season brings with it memories of natural disasters. Mississippi is no stranger to those disasters as storms named Camille and Katrina – amongst others – have delivered devastation to our area. While response post-disaster is vital, preparedness prior is of equal importance.

 


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Hurricane

 

What is a hurricane?

 

According to NASA:

 

Hurricanes are large, swirling storms. They produce winds of 119 kilometers per hour (74 mph) or higher. That’s faster than a cheetah, the fastest animal on land. Winds from a hurricane can damage buildings and trees.

Hurricanes form over warm ocean waters. Sometimes they strike land. When a hurricane reaches land, it pushes a wall of ocean water ashore. This wall of water is called a storm surge. Heavy rain and storm surge from a hurricane can cause flooding.

Once a hurricane forms, weather forecasters predict its path. They also predict how strong it will get. This information helps people get ready for the storm.

There are five types, or categories, of hurricanes. The scale of categories is called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The categories are based on wind speed.

Category 1: Winds 119-153 km/hr (74-95 mph) – faster than a cheetah

Category 2: Winds 154-177 km/hr (96-110 mph) – as fast or faster than a baseball pitcher’s fastball

Category 3: Winds 178-208 km/hr (111-129 mph) – similar, or close, to the serving speed of many professional tennis players

Category 4: Winds 209-251 km/hr (130-156 mph) – faster than the world’s fastest rollercoaster

Category 5: Winds more than 252 km/hr (157 mph) – similar, or close, to the speed of some high-speed trains


 

Mississippi Hurricane Prepardness Guide

 

Comparison of Hurricanes Camille and Katrina n...

Comparison of Hurricanes Camille and Katrina near landfall along the Louisiana coast. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Greg Payne, Mississippi SHRM State Council Director for 2015-2016, has provided a copy of the Mississippi Hurricane Preparedness Guide.  This guide offers valuable information on things to so that you, your family and friends, and your business/employees can all prepare for hurricane season.

 

Click here to download a copy of the guide.

 

Contents

 

The information includes:

 

  • Info on emergency supply kits
  • What to do if you stay home
  • MDOT Evacuation Map
  • Post-Storm
  • High Winds & Tornadoes
  • MEMA Social Media
  • How to develop a plan
  • When and how to take action

As someone who lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi during and after Hurricane Katrina, it is something that I won’t soon forget. Katrina alone taught the importance of taking precaution and expect the unexpected.

 

English: Gulf Coast of Mississippi, September ...

English: Gulf Coast of Mississippi, September 30, 2005 — Aerial view of the damaged Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mississippi suffered extensive damage from the storm surge and high winds of hurricane Katrina. Marty Bahamonde/FEMA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Resources:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffir%E2%80%93Simpson_hurricane_wind_scale

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/what-are-hurricanes-k4.html#.VBeQzJNdWxM