The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library and the Katrina Research Center, located at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, will observe Hurricane Awareness Month each Monday in June with the 2009 Hurricane Awareness Series.
Rosemary Pursell and Ronny Crosby of the American Red Cross will make a presentation June 1 from 12 – 2 p.m. concerning disaster preparedness, showing what is needed for a three-day survival disaster “Go Bag” and a “Stay Kit.” Information on tornadoes, floods, fires and pandemic disasters will also be provided.
Mike Reader, chief meteorologist for local television station WLOX, will discuss hurricane awareness topics June 8 from 12 – 1 p.m., including how to read a hurricane map, when to evacuate and the difference between a hurricane watch and hurricane warning.
On June 15 from 12-1 p.m., Southern Miss Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage managing editor and special projects coordinator Linda Van Zandt will present interviews from the Center’s Hurricane Katrina project. The interviews were collected following the storm.
A children’s hurricane awareness day will be held June 22 from 9 a.m. – noon and include a visit to the Katrina Research Center, participation in educational activities and conclude with a brown bag lunch under the Friendship Oak.
Sun Herald photographer Tim Isbell will display his collection of hurricane-related photos on June 29 from 12 – 1 p.m. In addition to his photographs, Isbell will give photography tips and hints that can be used if another hurricane disaster occurs.
An oral history interview kiosk will be available for the month of June at the Katrina Research Center for anyone interested in recording their own personal hurricane story. The center currently has artist Lori K. Gordon’s exhibit, “Katrina Collection: Rebirth and Renewal” on display until July 30. The exhibit features a 3-D mixed media art show created by the Bay St. Louis artist.
For more information, visit www.usm.edu/gc/hurricaneawareness or call 228.214.3450.
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