Mississippi State Department of Health

Health Officials Urge Mississippi Residents to Prepare Before Hurricane Zeta
October 27, 2020

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JACKSON, Miss. — Ahead of Hurricane Zeta, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) advises residents to prepare now for dangerous storm conditions including heavy rain, possible flash flooding, high winds, and possible tornadoes.

Preparing a Disaster Kit

Stock your home with supplies that may be needed during an emergency. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

For more information on disaster supply kits, visit the MSDH website at HealthyMS.com/kit.

Food Safety

Due to power loss, food may not be safe to eat during and after a hurricane. Safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene includes bottled, boiled or treated water.

Drinking Water Safety

Safe drinking water includes bottled, boiled or treated water. Remember these general rules concerning water for drinking and cooking if you are under a boil-water alert, or if you are not sure your water is safe to drink:

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas, and is highly poisonous. Depending on the level of exposure, CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.

The following precautions can help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

For more information on hurricane preparedness and safety, visit HealthyMS.com/storm or download the free MS Ready smartphone app to get alerts sent straight to your phone.

Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.


Press Contact: MSDH Office of Communications, (601) 576-7667
Note to media: After hours or during emergencies, call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948)



Links referenced
HealthyMS.com/kit    https://msdh.ms.gov/kit
HealthyMS.com/storm    https://msdh.ms.gov/storm
HealthyMS.com/connect    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,0,327,html

Find this page at http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/index.cfm

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