Holloway: Monitor weather reports and prepare

Mayor A.J. Holloway said he and city department heads would continue to monitor reports on Tropical Storm Isaac, which has continued gaining strength today and is poised to enter the Gulf of Mexico early next week.

Holloway said residents should also monitor the storm forecasts, and also begin making preliminary preparations.

“We’re asking people to do the same things that we’re doing,” Holloway said. “Monitor the weather reports and follow your plan.

“You want to make sure that you have a hurricane kit with the necessary supplies, that you have an ample supply of any prescription medicines, that you’ve thought about where you would go if you needed to evacuate, that you pick up lawn furniture and other items in your yard, and that you communicate your plans with your family.

“It’s time to think about these things and take action. Don’t wait until the last minute to do some of these things you can be doing now.”

Holloway planned make Isaac the focal point of his weekly Monday morning meeting with department heads.

“We’ve got a good group of directors and key personnel working for the city,” Holloway said. “They know what to do and when to do it, but we discuss preparations nonetheless.”

Briefing:To see the 4 p.m. local briefing from the National Weather Service, click here.

What you need to know and do

How to prepare: Do you know how to make a storm plan? Do you know what needs to be included in a hurricane kit? Don’t worry, we have the answers. Just click here.

Latest on Isaac: To see the latest reports on Tropical Storm Isaac, courtesy of the National Weather Service, click here.

Follow your guide: Residents throughout Biloxi are receiving the city’s annual Storm and Flood Preparedness Guide today and Saturday. To see an online version of the 12-page guide, click here.

Storm and Flood center: To visit the city’s Storm and Flood center — where you can find real-time radar, evacuation zones and maps, and more – click here.

City’s annual Katrina observance is Wednesday

Bishop Roger Morin of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi will join Mayor A.J. Holloway and other clergy Wednesday morning for the city’s annual Katrina memorial observance.

The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. at the Katrina memorial on the Town Green.

Also participating will be Maj. Terry Ray of the Salvation Army, Pastor Lindsey Robinson of St. Paul United Methodist Church, and members of the choir of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Students Kelsey Hymel and Cameron Platt of St. Patrick Catholic High School will join two students from Biloxi High School in reading the names of the Biloxi victims of Katrina.

The city’s museum’s division is also planning a Katrina event. Dr. James Patterson Smith, historian and author, will discuss his new book, “Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story” on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

For details on that program, click here.

News and notes

Weekend entertainment: For a look at this weekend’s star-studded entertainment lineup, click here.

Book ’em: Books by the thousands from the pre-Katrina Biloxi and Gulfport libraries will be available for the taking on Sunday in Biloxi. For details on the free book bonanza, click here.

Council meetings: The Biloxi City Council continues budget meetings on Tuesday morning and also has a meeting Tuesday afternoon. To see the agendas and supporting documents, click here.