Prepare now for hurricane season

Published 7:00 am Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hurricane season begins June 1 and now is the time to prepare. 

According to the National Weather Service, the Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30.

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Scientists with Colorado State University are expecting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season this year and have predicated 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes, according to a report by

The website states that the predictions are based on scientific analysis of several factors including wind speed and sea surface temperatures.

Pearl River County Emergency Management Director Danny Manley advises local residents to download the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency app, which provides a checklist and advice to deal with different kinds of storms.

Manley said it’s important to be aware of current forecasts. To best be prepared, families should have a plan of action in place to respond to the threat of a storm.

Although many people wait until the last minute to prepare, most Pearl River County residents have experienced several hurricanes and as such know what to do.

Pearl River County resident Caren Boudreaux was here for Hurricane Katrina, a storm that left many residents without power for several weeks. As such, she suggests having a generator on hand.

“My family and friends had to move from New Orleans at that time, and… I feel the worse part about that time was not having electricity,” Boudreaux said.

Dave Spera lived near the West Bank when the hurricane forced him and his family to move.

With the  events after that storm still fresh in his mind, Spera said he already has supplies on hand.

Spera also suggests stocking up on supplies before a storm even enters the Gulf of Mexico.

Details regarding hurricanes, tornados and other severe storm situations or disasters can be found on the Pearl River County EOC Facebook page, Manley said.