Mississippi Coast preparing for Alberto despite Memorial Day weekend plans

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WVUE) - Many people crowd beaches along the Gulf Coast for the Memorial Day weekend, but Alberto could put a damper on the plans.

On Mississippi beaches, visitors are hoping to make the best of the holiday weekend.

Emergency management leaders are now busy preparing for a potential storm. And especially on a holiday weekend, keeping everyone safe has its specific challenges.

It may be empty now, but Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam says a busy "war room," or operations center, this weekend is a possibility. They've been calling all first response agencies to make sure they're prepared with plans and supplies.

Those sandbagging in Hancock County should make sure they have a shovel, but emergency management leaders say don't hesitate to call if you need any help.

With a holiday weekend, Adam says the locals tend to have a better idea of what to expect. That's why he counts on his citizens to also pitch in with keeping visitors safe.

"For the citizens of Hancock County, they're very much part of this," Adams said.

Kellie Fehler says she and her family are hopeful Memorial Day weekend weather won't completely wash out their plans. She says they plan to be smart about their plans with the impending weather.

She said in case Alberto does rain them out, "family time and making the most of it. Hopefully we don't get washed out, but if we do, we have a nice hotel room so it will be fun."

Adam says all teams are ready to respond with resources and supplies if needed, they've tested and checked all pump stations which he tells me are all working.

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