Hurricane season begins Sunday, June 1st. In preparation for the season, leaders have been meeting throughout the week to connect different agencies and review protocol. F.E.M.A., M.E.M.A., the Department of Health, and others discussed the current predictions of a mild hurricane season this year. However, Rupert Lacy with the Harrison County Emergency Management Department emphasized that predictions don't necessarily mean the Coast will escape from a bad storm.
Lacy says, “It just takes that one storm. It is that home-brewed type storm, and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Sound, the northern portion of the Gulf of Mexico is where we have seen numerous storms over the last ten years just brew up over a 48 hour time period and make an impact in here.” Lacy emphasized that each storm has its own characteristics, adding to the uncertainty. He asks Gulf Coast residents to remain calm if a storm does hit, and to focus on information distributed from local emergency agencies.