Hurricane Preparedness Expo set for May 30 in Ocean Springs

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: May 26,  2009

Gulf Coast residents are encouraged to participate in the free Community Hurricane Preparedness Expo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 703 East Beach Drive, in Ocean Springs.

Keynote speakers for the event include Mike Womack, Director of Mississippi Emergency Management Agency; Maj. Chad Gibson, Hurricane Hunters; and Kenneth Graham, meteorologist in charge, National Weather Service of Slidell, La.  A representative from the Mississippi Insurance Department will give a discussion on wind-pool insurance issues.

More than 20 experts on a wide range of topics for hurricane preparedness will give information on storm surge, crisis management, tropical weather prediction, home preparation, tree stress, special needs issues and weather data collection. In the computer lab, participants will have access to GIS, online preparedness planning, personal inventory preparation and electronic documentation.

Organized by the City of Ocean Springs, the May 30 event is funded through the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Storms Program. Chevron Products Company of Pascagoula, Miss., also made a donation to the event.

For more information about this event, contact Kim Prentice, emergency management coordinator for the City of Ocean Springs, 228-875-1017 or 228-861-8183 or visit the city’s Web site at

Residents are also invited to attend the Jackson County Hurricane Preparedness Expo on June 13 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Riverfront Community Center in Moss Point, Miss.

A schedule of speakers and exhibits is available here.


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