Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MEMA Update on Open Shelters 11:30 AM 8/28

Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:30 AM

NEW RELEASE > Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) 
P.O. Box 5644 Pearl, MS 39288 
Direct > 601-933-MEMA 
24 Hr Emergency Line: 1-800-222-MEMA (6362)

PEARL, MS - Residents evacuating from the Gulf Coast can stay in 14 shelters open currently as Tropical Storm Isaac continues its move toward Mississippi and Louisiana.

MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham urges residents to finalize their evacuation plans, as coastal Mississippi could see tropical storm force winds beginning tonight or early Tuesday morning. Latham also urges residents to stay with friends and family when possible, leaving public shelters available to those who have no other place to go. 

A list of shelter openings follows. Residents should monitor local media outlets for updates.

George County: 
  • George County High School: 9286 Old Highway 63 South, Lucedale.
  • George County Senior Citizens Center: 7102 Highway 198E, Lucedale.
Forrest County:
  • Forrest County community shelter: 946 Sullivan Road, Hattiesburg. Pet-friendly shelter. 
Hancock County: 
  • Kiln shelter: 18320 Highway 43, Kiln.
  • Dedeaux shelter: 1095 Road 350, Kiln. 
Harrison County: 
  • Lobouy/361: 9509 Lobouy Road, Pass Christian. 
  • Saucier-Lizana Road shelter: 23771 Saucier-Lizana Road, Saucier.
  • County Farm: 15035 County Farm Road, Gulfport.
  • Harrison Central High School: 15600 School Road. Pet-friendly shelter.
Hinds County: 
  • New Horizon Gym: 1779 Ellis Ave. Jackson. 
Jackson County: 
  • St. Martin High School. 
  • Vancleave High School. Pet-friendly shelter
  • East Central High School. 
Marion County: 
  • Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church: 1452 Highway 98 East
MEMA has nine districts throughout the state with an area coordinator assigned to each district as a liaison between the county emergency operations centers and MEMA.

Adams County + Stan Owens + 1-601-442-7021
Amite County + Sam Walsh + 1-601-657-1011
Franklin County + Mark Thornton + 1-601-384-1720
Jefferson County + Peter Walker + 1-601-786-8422
Lawrence County + Robert Patterson + 1-601-587-2721
Lincoln County + Clifford Galey + 1-601-833-8561
Pike County + Richard Coghlan + 1-601-684-3564
Walthall County + Roland Vandenweghe + 1-601-730-2003
Wilkinson County + Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr. + 1-601-888-4381

MEMA updates shelter information as it becomes available. Shelter updates may also be available from the Mississippi Red Cross at www.mississippi-redcross.org. This website also lists what items evacuees should bring to a Red Cross Shelter. For preparedness information, visit www.msema.org. Like MEMA on Facebook and follow Twitter updates using the handle @MSEMA

Source: News Press Release MEMA