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Page 10 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, August 13, 2015 MDOT Reminds The Public To Prepare For Hurricane Season The month of August has arrived, marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ka- trina's wake of destruction. With those memories on the minds of many, the ~ppi Department of Transportation offers the following information to help prepare homes for this year's hurricane season. First, be sure to visit www: GoMDOT.com/hurricanes to download a copy of the 2015 Hurricane Evacuation Guide. The updated guide features vital information, from evacu- ation routes and contraflow information to contacts for emergency agencies such as the Mississippi Highway Pa- trol, American Red Cross, Mis- sissippi Emergency Manage- ment Agency (MEMA) and bordering state DOTs and law enforcement. There are phone numbers and websites for shel- ters and lodging, for animal protection and for other re- sources. The website also fea- tures a hurricane survival kit checklist, which includes those needed items such as water, food, household and healthcare goods, and supplies for your pots. Also included is a map for hurricane tracking and in- formation on how to get up- to-date information via social media and radio. MDOT recommends resi- dents make plans, take action and gather the materials need- ed to secure homes for hur- ricane season. Be sure to have an emergency home readiness checklist that includes at least the following. Be prepared to cover all windows by perma- nent storm shutters or plan to beard up windows with 5/8-inch exterior grade or ma- rine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Reduce roof damage by installing straps or additional clips to fasten your roof to your home's frame structure. Trim trees and shrubs so they are more wind resistant. Clear loose and dogged rain gu~_xs and downspouts. Reinforce your garage doors with a counterbalancing kit. Bring in all outdoor fur- niture, garbage cans and any- thing not tied down that can become a wind-driven missile. For those with beats, determine how and where to secure it. If a hurricane ison the way, always remember to shut off utilities and propane tanks, dose doors of refrigerators and freezers and turn to the coldest setting, fill your tub with water and unplug all appliances and electronics. The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Mississippi ~flf Coast is August 29, 2015. Residents of the Gulf Coast showed such resilience in the wake of that storm that made re- placing a critical transporta- tion network, the Bay St. Louis Bridge, possible. Watch a time-lapse video of the Bay St. Louis Bridge reconst~etion at https'./hvww.youtube.com/ watch?v=B9dz6h6NtfM. To learn more about MD(~s ef- forts in rebuilding lives and infrastructure along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Kat~na, pre-order a copy of Bridging the Road to Renewal at www. GoMDOT.com/hurricanes. For more information on how to prepare a home for a hurricane, check MDOTs YouTube page for more tips at https'Jhvww.voutube.corrg watch~=iEWOdIxicrk. In ad- dition to the survival checklist and the guide, the website pro- vides tips on how to prepare homes for a hurricane at www. GoMDOT.com/hurricanes. Do not get caugfit off guard this hurricane season. Start prepa- ration plans by gathering evac- uation materials today. BBB Tips For College Students College students have plenty to juggle when it comes to whool, work and their social lives. Due to that level of activ- ity, fighting fraud often doesn't make the list of top priorities. However, college students are especially vulnerable to iden- tity theft, and BBB serving Mississippi offers a list of ~'a- ple steps students can take to protect themselves on campus. According to the 2014 Identity Fraud Survey Report released by Javelin Strategy_ and Research, more than 12.7 million people became victims of identity theft in 2014. "Identity thieves aren't necessarily looking for victims with a lot of money, but a dean credit report," said John O'Hara, CEO BBB Serving Mississippi. '~fis is some- thing that college students and parents of college stu- dents need to be aware of." 'There are long term effects of bad credit such as future job opportunities, car purchases, and home purchase or rental," said O~Hara. '~For most young people, college is their first time on their own so they need to be cautious." BBB recommends that col- lege students take the follow- ing steps to keep their identity secure on campus: Have sensitive marl sent to a permanent address such as the parents' home or a PO Box. School mailboxes are not always secure and can often be easily accessed in a dorm or apartment. Store important documents under lock and key, such as a filing cabinet or personal safe. This includes your Social Security card, passport, bank and credit card statements. Shred any paper documents that have sensitive financial information rather than just tossing them in the garbage. Also, shred any unwanted credit card offers that come in the mail. Never loan your credit or debit card to anyone, even if they are a friend. Also, just say no if your friend wants you to co-sign a loan or financ- ing for goods like a TV or new computer. Make sure your computer has up-to-date antivirus and spyware soiLvare. Always in- stall any updates and patches to your computers operating system or browser software which help keep your comput- er safe from any new advances by identity thieves online. Check your credit or debit card statements dosely for any suspicious activity. The sooner you identify any poten- tial fraud, the less you~l suffer in the long run. When shopping on unfa- miliar websites, always re- search the company for free at bbb.org. Also look for the BBB Accredited Business seal along with other trust seals; be sure to click on those seals to confirm they are legitimate. Check your credit report at least once a year with all three reporting bureaus for any suspicious activity or in- acctmacies. You can do this for free by visiting www.annual- creditreport.com. Lane Behavioral Health Celebrates 4th Anniversary WCCAVARSITY CHEERLEADERS- Claire Ryan and Jamie Lewis, cap- The members of the Wilkinson Coun- tain. Back row, same order: Saman- ty Christian Academy varsity cheer- tha Dobson, Kiara Cotton, Carmen leading squad are as follows, front Cavin, co-captain, Sarah Robinson row, left to right: Bailey Devers, Tif- and Olivia Hurst. -- WCCA Submit- fany Prevost, Isabelle Martens, Annated Photo Lane Behavioral Health Services recently celebrated their 4th anniversary of pro- viding behavioral health ser- vices to the region. Lane Behavioral Health Services offers an Intensive Outpatient Program de- signed to help individuals through times of stress, fear, depression, anxiety, and be- havioral or emotional crises. More than just "a helping hand," this active treatment program teaches powerful and practical ways to respond to any type of traumatic life event, especially major crisis due to the loss of a job, health, relationship, or family mem- ber. It is an active treatment program that teaches practi- cal ways to take charge and develop the long-term skills needed for personal success. For more information, or to schedule a confidential assessment, please call 225- 658-6640. Wilkinson County Christian Academy News The WCCA faculty partial- "AClYAspire:BestPmcticesThat admires" tmtion and faculty were August 7. 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