With the 2012 hurricane season officially beginning June 1, the college administration has begun making preparations for potential storms this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters indicate a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is anticipated, with the likelihood of nine to 15 named tropical storms (39 mph or higher winds), of which four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane (74 mph or higher winds).
Since there is always a possibility of a storm striking the Mississippi Gulf Coast, all college employees should take a moment to review their department’s severe-weather policies and plans as well as personal emergency weather plans. As you know, communications play a key role during any emergency. College information will be communicated through the Connect-ED system, the website and the college’s toll-free number. To enhance communication efforts, please review the following checklist:
For your convenience the following sites are also important to hurricane preparedness:
The safety, protection and well-being of our employees are of the utmost importance as we prepare for severe weather as well as other emergencies.