Storm prep guide being delivered across Biloxi

Residents and business owners throughout Biloxi are now receiving the city’s annual Storm & Flood Preparedness guide in their mailboxes, just as the peak of hurricane season arrives.

The 12-page compendium includes a storm tracking map; information on evacuation routes and shelters; tips on how to create a storm plan for your family; frequently called numbers for local, state and federal agencies; and easy-to-understand information about the city’s construction permitting process.

Although hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, the period between Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 is typically prime time for storms.

In fact, Mayor A.J. Holloway, in the 2014 preparedness guide ¬†compares two of the most severe storms to strike Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast: Camille on Aug. 17, 1969, and Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005. ¬†In a story¬†headlined “Looking back, Camille remains the gold standard for this mayor,” Holloway writes, “The other day someone asked me if I thought I’d ever see a storm as powerful as Camille. ‘No,’ I said, ‘and I still haven’t.'”

The Storm a& Flood Preparedness guide  satisfies one of the city’s responsibilities as a member of the National Flood Insurance Program: to help property owners reduce the risks associated with storms and flooding. As a result of the city’s efforts, Biloxians enjoy decreased rates in flood-insurance rates.
See the 2014 Storm & Flood Preparedness guide
Visit the city’s online Storm & Flood center

News and notes

Tunneling under I-110: City contractors are boring a utility corridor to carry a water line at the foot of I-110 as part of the city’s massive infrastructure work. To get a look at the work, courtesy of the city’s Facebook page, click here.

Socially speaking:¬† Keep up with your city on social media.¬†To visit the city’s Facebook page,¬†click here. Like the page while you’re there, so breaking-news items will appear in your newsfeed. ¬†To visit the city’s Twitter page,¬†click here. Follow while you’re there.¬†To visit the city’s YouTube page, with plenty of archival footage,¬†click here.