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Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Weather Channel: Jim Cantore


Many people know of Meteorologist Jim Cantore for the Weather Channel. It is common knowledge that if he is in your town most likely be ready to get blown away. Some people go so far to call him "The Angel of Death".


I am happy to report, for the Mississippi area at least, that he is not in our fine state. He is reporting from South East Louisiana along the coast in a town called Houma Louisiana. This is one of the cities they are expecting the eye to make landfall.

Jim Cantore if you ever end up reading this... Please stay away from us... You scare me.

kthxbai

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Important Info On Pickup locations for Gustav Evacuations

A Press Release sent out by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency:

PEARL – The Mississippi Department of Education is prepared to deploy up to 100 school
buses for people who need to evacuate the Gulf Coast on Sunday.

People living in FEMA travel trailers and mobile homes, Mississippi Cottages and others in
flood hazard areas have been ordered to evacuate Jackson, Hancock and Harrison counties
beginning Sunday at 8 a.m.

The buses will leave en route to pickup sites on the Gulf Coast beginning 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The
buses will take evacuees to pre-designated shelters throughout the state.

The pickup locations are as follows:
Biloxi
*Biloxi Jr. High School Irish Hill Parking Lot
*Biloxi High School Football Stadium on Richard Drive

D’Iberville
*D’Iberville High School on Warrior Drive

Gulfport
*Milner Stadium on 38th Avenue
*Good Deeds Center on Madison Avenue

Long Beach/Pass Christian
*West Harrison County Community Center on West Espy Avenue

Harrison County
*Lizana Elementary School on Lizana School Road
*Saucier Elementary School on 1st Street
*Harrison Central Elementary on Dedeaux Road.

The last bus will leave the coast at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Anyone who cannot get to the community pickup points must call Coast Transportation
Authority at 228-896-8080 immediately to make arrangements to be picked up.

For more info go to http://www.msema.org/

Friday, August 29, 2008

Gustav: Staying Up-To-Date!


Thanks to technology and things like Twitter we are all able to stay connected better than ever. This is no different for staying up-to-date on the latest with Hurricane Gustav.

Twitter is becoming a great resource during catastrophic events. During the recent earth quake in California people were alerted about damage and the actual quake before the Media even had a chance to jump on it. This is turning anyone into an on the scene reporter in a sense. It's also allowing information to travel much faster.

Twitter is already being used to track information on Gustav. The Home Depot is using their account to keep customers up to date on the latest shipments of supplies to their stores. Newspapers and other forms of Media are keeping their audience up to date as soon as information is available. Not, to mention the thousand other twitterers who are just average joes.

I plan on twittering everything during the hurricane if it hits. When Katrina hit we never lost cell phone service. Even if I couldn't make a phone call I was able to send out a text message. We also bought battery boosters and battery cranker's to keep our phones charged (available at Wal-Mart). If you do plan on twittering during Gustav remember to #Gustav it so it will be tracked (MEMA will be tracking the tweets this way).

Here are some resources to stay up to date with the latest info before, after, and during the storm:

MEMA has a sign up to receive text messages, e-mails, and phone calls on important alerts on their website http://www.msema.org/

Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) has a phone number that you can call to listen to NPR the number is: 601-326-1184 or check out the site http://www.mpbonline.org

If you are on Twitter (An account is free if you haven't signed up) Here is a list of people I suggest you follow:
@hurricanes2008
@TheHomeDepot
@clarionledger
@sunherald
@redcross
@MPBOnline

Those are just a few off the top of my head. If you know of any others please post them in a comment so people can follow them.

Be Safe Everyone!

Gustav: Hurricane Prep Guide


As of today Gustav has been upgraded to a CAT 1 Hurricane (to get updates on Gustav and other storms follow @hurricanes2008). When it is expected to make land fall, and which track it will be taking is still unknown. Although, many Meteorologists are predicting it will make landfall 50 miles West of New Orleans. This will bring the Eastern portion of the storm along the Miss. Gulf Coast and New Orleans.

This brings a great risk to areas affected by Katrina. Many people are still living in FEMA trailers. Today, I saw a tweet from @sunherald that stated Miss. had issued a Mandatory Evacuation for all residents still living in FEMA trailers.

A mandatory evacuation, if necessary, is said to take place some time Sunday for Coastal residents. Already, MDOT has roads such as I-55, I-59 and Hwy 49 set up for 1 way evacuation traffic heading North. These roads are not shut down yet but are prepared to if quickly needed.

There are also buses on call to help evacuate people on the Miss. Coast and New Orleans. Voluntary Evacuations on buses in New Orleans and La. area have begun.

Food and water supplies have been stored and are ready to be handed out. The Home Depot has set up a Twitter Account and is using it to tweet out information on shipments and shortages in areas of the path of Gustav (follow @thehomedepot).

Today, in a press conference, Governor Barbour stressed the need to prepare early and to evacuate if needed, explaining the government can only do so much and the self preparation is important. The Gov. also stated that it was not a time to panic and to remain calm.

All we can do now is prepare for the worse.

List of things to get:
-Water (either bottled, jugged, or fill up empty containers. Also remember to fill up your tubs in case the water pumps go out)
-non-perishable food items
-Lanterns/Flash Lights
-Batteries
-Radio
-Weather Radio or Emergency Radio
-Cell phone boosters or extra batteries (great for if the land lines go out most likely you will still have phone service)
-Generator
-Charcoal
-ICE
-Gas (it's best to keep your tank at full in case either you need to travel quickly or if there is a gas shortage after the storm, which happened after Katrina.)
-Tarps in case a tree or limb comes through your roof or windows

Those are just some items that are important to remember while preparing for the storm.

Word is that Meteorologist Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel is on the Miss. Gulf Coast (This is a rumor not confirmed.) Yes, that would be the Angel of Death (A lil joke).

Just try to be safe everyone!
Please keep in mind that Tropical Storm Hanna still poses a threat.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Day Back to Class!



At the beginning of the Summer. A few of my friends and I went out shopping (Wilma, Katie, and Sharon). While we were out shopping I bought a Hannah Montana wig. Well the deal was I could buy the wig if I promised to wear it the first day back to class for the Fall semester.








Today I am keeping my end of the bargain. I have Hannah Montana'd myself for class and I am ready to go!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I'm going to New Orleans! NOT the New Media Expo!



And I'm actually very excited and packing a dress for cocktails possibly tomorrow evening with Anna at the Lounge in the Hotel. Will Be streaming :P

Monday, August 11, 2008

I Auditioned and Rick Roll'd American Idol!


This past Saturday August 9th I auditioned for the popular Fox Television show American Idol. I woke up at 6:00 AM put my wig on and started preparing for a monumental moment. Above is a video of me preparing for my big break.

I arrived at the Auditions and there were already about 50 people in line. As time went on more people began to show up. My Friend Wilma was a good sport and came out to support me and ended up waiting an hour outside while I was in a waiting room with 50 other people waiting to perform in front of a panel of judges.

All of us in the room were very supportive of each other. There were a group of girls who came together to audition who really got the group going. One girl got up and sang Britney Spears Oops I did it again just for fun.

Well, everyone was nice except for one person. Apparently a girl who was one of the first to audition hung out outside with a video camera and trash talked a whole ton of people who were auditioning. Supposedly she was the Bomb? Who knows...

When I went in to the audition I was asked a few questions. One was "Who are you supposed to be? Hannah Montana?" I replied "Yes" They then asked "Will you be singing one of her songs" I replied "No I'm not a fan of her music I will be singing Rick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up".

I then proceeded to Rick Roll the judges (Dee, one of the judges, could barely keep her composure). The guy running the computer in the back did the dance and well mostly I got a lot of snickers and laughs. When i finished my piece they asked me to sing a different song. I asked "Why? do you not like Rick Astley" One of the judges replied "No..." I was trying so hard not to burst out laughing. They asked me to sing the National Anthem so I did and half way through I messed up because I was so thrown off about the one judge not being wild about Rick Astley.

I left the Auditions and gave the mean girl out side a quick interview. Then got photographed and Interviewed by the Clarion Ledger with Wilma, and later ended up at McDonalds.

It was a great experience and I am very thankful I did not get called back. I think having to travel to Round 2 just to Rick Roll a bunch of people would have just not been the same as Surprising Dee and Rick Rolling her.

And no I'm not actually a huge fan of the show nor was I hoping to move on to the next round in reality.

kthxbai


And I wrote this half asleep. Can you tell? ha!

---------Update------------
It turns out the person that won the big trip up to Jersey for the big Auditions was one of my little brothers friends. I'm so excited for him and I hope he goes all the way!!!!! Good Luck Spencer!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I Am Trying Out For American Idol!



This Saturday August 9th I will be at Antonelli College from 8-3 trying out for American Idol. I plan on either singing a song by Avril Lavigne, No Doubt, or Hannah Montana. I will be dressed up in my Hannah Montana wig and one of my hottest outfits. If you are in the Jackson area be sure to come by and cheer me on. I may be sitting outside over night so bring me coffee! This is really important to me. It's been one of my dreams for the longest time to star on American Idol. Please come out and support me!

Kisses! :*
kthxbai :P

Sunday, August 3, 2008