2020 Hurricane Season Update

The 2020 hurricane season began June 1, and the college administration has made preparations for potential storms and storm surges/flooding.  All college employees are encouraged to take a moment to review their campus and department severe-weather policies and plans and go over the pertinent information with students.  Both employees and students should also review their personal emergency weather plans.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, with a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 30 percent chance of a near-normal season and only a 10 percent chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms (winds of 39 m.p.h. or higher), of which six to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 m.p.h. or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 m.p.h. or higher). NOAA provides these ranges with a 70 percent confidence. 

An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

The MGCCC administration wants to remain prepared for any eventuality as there is always a possibility of a storm striking the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

How to stay in touch

Communications play a key role during any emergency. College information will be communicated through the Regroup Mass Notification System, the college website and social media.

To enhance communication efforts, please review the following checklist:

  • To ensure notification through Regroup, visit Web Services by logging in through My Gulf Coast on the college website at https://mgccc.edu/mygulfcoast/.  Once you have logged in to the secure area, update your emergency notification information at the bottom, left-hand side of the page under the Personal Information tab. It will ask you to provide both a cellphone number and emergency email address. You will receive emergency information as a telephone call/voice mail, as a text message and/or as an email message. 
  • Employees and students are encouraged to check the website and the MGCCC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MGCCC/, and to follow the college’s Twitter feed @MGCCCBulldogs and/or Instagram at @mgcccbulldogs for periodic college updates during severe-weather situations.
  • The College’s primary phone line (228) 896-2536 will be updated to reflect any updates pertaining to campus closures for severe-weather incidents.
  • If evacuation becomes necessary, students and employees who evacuate will find important updates through local television, radio and newspapers as well as Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s statewide network of radio and television affiliates. MPB’s radio frequencies are listed on all state evacuation signs.
  • The college administration will continue to monitor evolving conditions in the tropics and will issue updates throughout the summer and fall.
  • If updates are necessary, they will be posted periodically on this section of the website throughout the 2020 hurricane season.

Be Prepared

Preparedness Tips:

You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

  • Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).
  • A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food.
  • A first-aid kit and manual.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
  • Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
  • Prescription medicines and special medical needs.
  • Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers and other baby supplies.
  • Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes,” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
  • Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
  • An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.

The following sites are also important to hurricane preparedness:

The safety, protection and well-being of our employees and students are of the utmost importance as we prepare for severe weather and other emergencies.