As severe weather approaches the area, officials are asking everyone to take the proper precautions. Officials from the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency tell News 25 that the approaching severe weather should be taken seriously. They are recommending that everyone take the proper precautions. The approaching cold front is capable of creating severe weather that could pose a serious threat to residents here on the Gulf Coast.
Rupert Lacy, the Emergency Management Director for Harrison County, says, “We are still not out of the gun on it. They're talking hail, they're talking heavy rains. We're under a flash flood watch until tomorrow. So you just need to pay attention.” Officials say the most important thing to do is to seek shelter, and if you are in an unstable structure, you should stay extra vigilant. Lacy also says, “Any time you live in motor homes, mobile homes, things like that, especially during severe weather, you have to pay more attention.” Monday, the local chapter of the American Red Cross has been preparing for the aftermath of the approaching weather.
Jay Huffstatler of the American Red Cross says, “What we'll first do is open up a shelter for folks to come in and seek a warm, dry, safe place to stay. Then we'll send out disaster assessment teams to assess the damage in those pockets of different residential areas and things like that to be able to make sure that our client case workers can go into those areas as well as our emergency response vehicles to provide food, cleanup kits, water, and things of that nature.” The Red Cross will be responding to any local situation first. Then, they will focus on helping other chapters throughout the state.
Huffstatler closes, “Until the weather passes, we won't be sending anyone. But once it does pass and we have time to assess the situation, we will probably be sending some volunteers from south Mississippi.” The local chapter of the Red Cross says they will be sending volunteers to Tupelo and other areas affected by tornadoes as soon as they can.