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Mississippi News INFORMATION FROM THE WASHINGTON COUNTY EOC
DAVID BURFORD, DIRECTOR, (662) 335-1945
RELEASED: NOON, May 10, 2011
Washington County's Mass Evacuation Plan
Officials with the Mississippi Levee Board are closely monitoring levees and addressing issues that arise whenever the river is at or above full capacity. While breaches are considered unlikely, a mass evacuation plan for Washington County is in place if needed.
Notice of an evacuation would be given over NOAA weather radios, the emergency alert system, warning sirens and local media. The county's 52,000 residents should make their way to Highway 82 and chose either the east or west direction, based on their personal destination needs. Potential of backwater flooding over Highway 12 should discourage residents from seeking that as an alternate route. Highways 438, 454 and 1 are not expected to go underwater during the evacuation. Residents without access to transportation should contact the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (662) 334-2711 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Wednesday until Friday to register for bus transportation in the event of an evacuation. Locations for short-term sheltering will be announced later. All residents are encouraged to have a disaster plan in place including evacuation destinations, a full tank of gas, and a personal disaster kit. Office disaster plans should not be overlooked.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency recommends the following in a disaster kit:
oFlashlight(s) with extra batteries.
oPortable radio with extra batteries. oNOAA Weather Radio.
oNon-perishable food for at least three days. Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day).
oFirst Aid Kit with prescription medications.
* Bedding and clothing for each family member.
* Blankets and towels.
* Plastic dishes/eating utensils.
* Sun screen/sunglasses/mosquito repellant.
* Baby supplies (food, diapers, medication).
* Pet supplies (food, leash & carrier, vaccination records).
* Sanitary supplies.
* Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, cleanser, bleach, towelettes, toilet paper, trash bags, feminine hygiene products.
* Copies of important documents.
* Driver's license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, medical records, family pictures, etc.
* Cash, enough to fill up your vehicle with gas and travelers checks.
* emrgency generator.