Jackson County prepared for hurricane season

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

May 23, 2012 at 12:23 a.m.

Jackson County emergency management officials set out early this year to prepare for hurricane season.

Emergency management crews, working in collaboration with surrounding counties, are running evacuation routes, checking to make sure signs are in place and there's good traffic flow if county residents are forced to evacuate, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Lori McLennan said.

McLennan said the county is also working to familiarize an influx of out-of-state pipeline workers living in recreational vehicle parks with hurricane protocol, and register as many as they can with the Reverse 911 system.

"We've had a huge increase in the population of workers, mostly pipeline workers, who are coming in trailers. About 90 percent of them are living in RVs, and many of them aren't familiar with hurricane seasons," McLennan said.

Jackson residents have evacuated twice in recent years, during Hurricanes Ike and Rita.

McLennan said the Emergency Operation Center is equipped and ready in the event of a mandatory hurricane.



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