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As Hurricane Preparedness Week continues, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) joins the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and other state agencies in urging residents, community organizations and businesses across south Mississippi to develop an evacuation plan.
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 destinations safely.
To help residents find the best evacuation route MDOT offers the 2021 MDOT Hurricane Evacuation Guide. This guide serves as a useful resource for people as they develop their evacuation plan, and it’s just a click away; you can download it at GoMDOT.com/hurricanes. The guides are available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
“MDOT’s Hurricane Evacuation Guide is easy to understand, completely free and takes the guesswork out of developing an evacuation plan,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “You don’t want to wait until a storm is threatening the Gulf Coast to figure out your evacuation plan. To keep you and your loved ones safe, get prepared today.”
Residents should also plan where to stay in the event of an evacuation. Hotel rooms near evacuated areas may not be available, so residents are encouraged to plan to stay with family or friends not in the affected area when possible. It’s vital that residents let family, friends and neighbors know their evacuation plans to make it easier to get in touch with them if needed.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic residents should also check their evacuation destination for any regulations related to the pandemic.
For more hurricane safety tips, visit GoMDOT.com/hurricanes.
During the storm, the public can stay updated on live travel and weather information 24/7 with MDOT’s free travel resources. Visit MDOTtraffic.com or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app.
Follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter along with the hashtag #HurricaneStrong this hurricane season.