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MDOT first responders prepare for Hurricane Marco


CAPTION: As Hurricane Marco approaches the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) first responders work to prepare the roadways. MDOT first responders are checking equipment, gassing up response vehicles, and currently lowering high mast lights along Interstate 10.

“The men and women of MDOT stand ready for any impacts from Hurricane Marco or other tropical systems that threaten Mississippi. The path of Hurricane Marco is still uncertain, but our first responders are prepared,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “MDOT has a plan in place and so should you, get your evacuation plan together now and know where you will go if you should need it.”

Residents, businesses and community organizations should have their own plans in place. The 2020 MDOT Hurricane Evacuation Guide is an essential resource that allows people to see where their best evacuation route is located. The guide also features information to assist in developing a preparedness plan such as contraflow information, radio coverage areas through Mississippi Public Broadcasting and important contact information from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, American Red Cross, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and bordering state DOTs and highway patrols. Individuals and families will find vital resources on shelters, pet care, lodging and travel resources.

To download the Hurricane Evacuation Guide and a full hurricane evacuation kit checklist, and for more hurricane safety tips, visit

As MDOT monitors the tropics you can follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter along with the hashtag #HurricaneStrong to stay up to date. Stay updated on road conditions at, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app. is an online website covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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