MDOT urges coastal residents to plan for hurricanes

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HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Hurricane season is officially underway and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is urging South Mississippi residents to prepare now.

“We’ve already had a tropical system threaten the Mississippi Coast, and we’re only a month into hurricane season,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “Don’t wait until another storm threatens to get prepared, get your plan in place today.”

The 2021 MDOT Hurricane Evacuation Guide is an essential resource and just a click away. Order a free copy today at GoMDOT.com/maps. Guides are available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Also available are children’s hurricane activity books, state maps, and more.

The Hurricane Evacuation Guide features information to assist in developing a preparedness plan such as evacuation routes, contraflow information, radio coverage areas through Mississippi Public Broadcasting and important contact information for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, American Red Cross, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and bordering state DOTs and highway patrols. Vital information on shelters, pet care, lodging and travel resources are included.

Residents should plan where to stay in the event of an evacuation. Hotel rooms near evacuated areas may not be available, so residents are encouraged to plan to stay with family or friends not in the affected area when possible. It’s vital that residents let family, friends and neighbors know their evacuation plans to make it easier to get in touch with them if needed.