Partners in preparedness: that’s this year’s theme for the Emergency Management Agency summit that kicked off here on the Gulf Coast. Governor Phil Bryant declared this week as ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week.’
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is no stranger to severe weather and hurricane season officially kicks off June 1st. This week, Emergency Management directors from across the state gathered on the Coast to put their heads together to get ready. MEME Executive Director Greg Michel said, “This conference is designed to kick that season off. We’ve been very busy coming out of the rainy season, tornado season. We’ve had record rainfall. This conference is an opportunity for all of our partners who work together.”
Governor Phil Bryant declared the second week of May as ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week.’ Harrison County EMA Director Rupert Lacy says getting a plan of action together needs to happen before disaster strikes. “It’s that lead in time that now we start dusting off the plan. We go back and look to see how we can improve from last year. We were taxed a little last year, but we were very fortunate.”
Lacy says what he’s learned this week he will apply in our area for a better prepared Gulf Coast. “Time to look at a plan and start making preparedness efforts of re-supplying, rotating stock, and getting people trained up. We will spend the next 30 to 45 days in Harrison County trying to bring that to our cities, our nonprofit organizations, our partners, so that we can have a better prepared Coast.”
Lacy says the best advice he can give residents preparing is: “If you haven’t started thinking about this now is the time to put it on your calendar. As we’ve learned this weekend, it doesn’t take a lot for a storm to brew up.”
A subtle reminder that preparation is key going into hurricane season.
Hurricane season finishes on November 30th.