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Now is the time to prepare for hurricane season


JACKSON, MISS. — The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins today, June 1, and ends on November 30. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds residents, businesses and community organizations across south Mississippi to have a preparedness plan in place before a storm threatens the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“The time to get your plan in place is now, not when a storm threatens,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “MDOT offers different resources to help you get started, and we urge all Mississippians to take advantage of them.”

The 2021 MDOT Hurricane Evacuation Guide is an essential resource during hurricane season. The evacuation guide features information to assist in developing a preparedness plan such as evacuation routes, contraflow information, radio coverage areas through Mississippi Public Broadcasting and important contact information for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, American Red Cross, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and bordering state DOTs and highway patrols. Vital information on shelters, pet care, lodging and travel resources are included.

You can order a free copy today at Guides are available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Also available are children’s hurricane activity books, state maps and more.

If a hurricane forces an evacuation along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it’s important for residents to have a plan already in place. Evacuation routes will likely see a sudden increase in traffic volume. Motorists will want to be on the road with enough time to get to their destination safely.

For more hurricane safety tips, visit

During the storm, the public can stay updated on live travel and weather information 24/7 with MDOT’s free travel resources. Visit or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app. is an online news source covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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