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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) urges residents to get their hurricane evacuation kits ready before a hurricane threatens. A hurricane evacuation kit can help ensure you and your family have all the necessary items needed if a storm forces an evacuation.
When putting your evacuation kit together, some recommended items include drinking water for your family, cooking and pets, non-perishable food to last 14 days, chargers, blankets, towels, prescription medicine and important documents. Gather all of the items together now and keep them all together in one safe and easily accessible place.
“You shouldn’t wait until an evacuation order is given to put together an evacuation kit,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “When a hurricane threatens, many times supplies are limited and hard to find. To ensure your family doesn’t go without, gather your emergency supplies in advance.”
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, residents should also plan to pack items needed for their protection. Face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and disinfecting wipes are a few supplies people can add to their evacuation kits to help keep everyone safe.
To download the full hurricane evacuation kit checklist, and for more hurricane safety tips, visit GoMDOT.com/hurricanes.
During the storm, the public can stay updated on live travel and weather information 24/7 with MDOT’s free travel resources. Visit MDOTtraffic.com or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app.
Follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter along with the hashtag #HurricaneStrong this hurricane season.