Now is time to prepare for hurricanes

Published 12:09am Monday, June 23, 2014

The beginning of June is the official Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs until November 30.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors adopted to make the last week of June Adams County Hurricane Preparedness Week.

This year, it will be starting today and run through Saturday. This week, will be set aside to inform the residents of Natchez and Adams County to start preparing now for this hurricane season.

I’m informing the citizens that preparedness is a shared responsibility, it calls for the involvement of everyone, not just the county or city officials in the preparedness efforts.

By working together, we can mitigate some problems when struck by natural hazards or disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricane wind damage and flooding in Adams County.

It is going to take the whole community: families, local businesses, faith based organizations and the media.

We are encouraging families to start buying or stocking up on extra can goods, water, batteries, charcoal, propane gas, generators, nonperishable foods and any other special items.

I’m encouraging everyone to have a plan for their animals if they have them.

We will be asking everyone to sign-up for the county’s free Code Red weather alert system, if they haven’t already.

This is an excellent way to stay informed of severe weather in our area and it is a first line of warning if you don’t live in the vicinity of the outdoor warning sirens.

Individuals can come by the Civil Defense office or visit the website online at adamscountyms.gov.

The Emergency Management Agency will have a static display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with sign up forms at Walmart Friday and in the Natchez Mall Saturday.

The individuals who register names will be entered into a drawing to receive a free weather radio from the National Weather Service.

The NOAA’s National Weather Service has acknowledged Adams County as a storm ready county, and we will have the signs put up this Hurricane preparedness week at the county line at U.S. 61 north and U.S. 84 west pending approval from MDOT.

 

Robert L. Bradford Sr. is the Emergency Management Director of Adams County.