- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PEARL, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi officials are conducting a hurricane training exercise, and Gov. Phil Bryant says residents should make their own preparations.

August is frequently the state’s busiest month for hurricanes.

There are no hurricanes in the immediate forecast, but heavy rainfall is predicted for the coming days along the Gulf Coast. Bryant said Wednesday that it’s not expected to be life-threatening

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Col. Lee Smithson says people on the coast and inland should stock enough food and water to survive on their own for 72 hours after a hurricane.

He says coast residents should be ready to evacuate, making advance arrangements for pets and taking important documents such as mortgage and insurance papers and birth certificates.

Inland residents should be aware that hurricanes can bring tornadoes and flooding.

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