WJTV News Channel 12 - Hurricane Center


The 2014 hurricane season begins on June 1, so it's important to be ready because you never know when a storm will strike. There are several things you can do today to prepare yourself and your family for the arrival of a hurricane. Here are some basics you should have on hand -- food, water and first-aid supplies top the list. Keep important items in an easy-to-carry container because you may need to evacuate quickly. A backpack or duffle bag are good choices. Know the fastest ways to evacuate. And if you're a safe distance from the storm, be prepared to host evacuees from the Gulf Coast.

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Getting Ready and Acting 1-2-3

  1. BEFORE Before Hurricane Season Starts YOU SHOULD: Assembe your Disaster Supply Kit - These items are often scattered around your home and simply need to be brought into one locations. Write out your Family Disaster Plan - Discuss the possible hazards with your family. Determine if you are in a evacuation area. Identify an out-of-town family contact.

  2. WATCH When a Hurricane Watch is Issued YOU SHOULD: Check your Disaster Supply Kit - Make sure nothing is missing. Determine if there is anything you need to supplement your kit. Replenish your water. Write out your Family Disaster Plan - Protective measures should be initiated, especially those actions that require extra time (for example, securing a boat or leaving a barrier island.

  3. WARNING When a Hurricane Warning is Issued YOU SHOULD: Ready your Disaster Supply Kit - If you need to evacuate, you should bring your Supply Kit with you. Write out your Family Disaster Plan - Your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.

Important Phone Numbers

American Red Cross -- (601) 353-5442
Salvation Army -- (800) 732-2769
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -- (800) 621-FEMA
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency -- 1-866-519-MEMA
Mississippi DOT Traffic Hotline -- 1-866-521-MDOT
Hinds County Department of Emergency Management -- (601) 960-1476
Mississippi Department of Health (24-hour line) -- 1-866-458-4948
Mississippi Insurance Department -- (800) 562-2957


All tropical cyclones can produce widespread torrential rains often in excess of six inches. This rain can produce deadly and destructive floods. Flooding is the major threat from tropical cyclones to people well inland.

Flash flooding, a rapid rise in water levels, can occur quickly due to intense rainfall. Longer term flooding on rivers and streams can persist for several days after the storm. Slower moving storms produce more rainfall.

It’s also very important to remember the difference between a Flood Watch and Warning.

A WATCH informs the public and cooperating agencies of possible flooding. If you are in the WATCH area, check flood action plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a WARNING is issued or you see flooding.

A Flood/Flash Flood WARNING is issued for specific communities, streams or areas where flooding is imminent or in progress. Persons in the warning area should take precautions immediately.

Count on Storm Team 12 for the latest weather alerts for you and your family on Newschannel 12 and WJTV.com.


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