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 Emergency Preparedness


Tropical Storm Gordon
The following facilities will be opened as evacuation shelters on Tuesday, September 4
 
Adams County
*Adams County Safe Room, 323 Liberty Rd, Natchez, MS - Opening 6:00 PM
 
Forrest County
*#Forrest County Safe Room, 946 Sullivan Dr., Hattiesburg, MS – Opening 4:00 PM
 
George County
*Agricola Safe Room, 3161 Cooks Corner Rd, Lucedale, MS – Opening 2:00 PM
*Bendale Safe Room, 5207 Highway 26 W, Lucedale, MS – Opening 2:00 PM
 
Greene County
Leakesville Jr High School, 620 Main St, Leakesville, MS – Opening 5:00 PM
Stateline Community Center, 41 Winchester St, State Line, MS – Opening 5:00 PM
 
Hancock County
#Kiln Safe Room, 18324 Highway 43, Kiln, MS – Opening 10:00 AM
 
Harrison County
*#County Farm Road Safe Room, 15038 County Farm Rd, Gulfport, MS – Opening 2:00 PM
 
Jackson County
*Central Jackson County Safe Room, 5500 Ballpark Rd, Vancleave, MS – Opening Noon
*East Jackson County Safe Room, 18413 Hwy 613 Hurley, MS 39562 – Opening Noon
 
Stone County
Stone Elementary, 1652 East Central Avenue Wiggins, MS 39577 – Opening 5:30 PM
 
*Accessible for persons with disabilities.
#Indicates facility has a collocated animal/pet shelter.
 
We ask the public to monitor our social media and website to stay informed concerning Hurricane Gordon.
 
The State Medical Needs Shelter, located at 1640 Coy Avenue in Wiggins, will open at 1 p.m. today in response to Tropical Storm Gordon.
This facility is a shelter of last resort for those people whose medical needs cannot be accommodated in a general population shelter.

Shelter admission is evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Those with health or medical conditions who require professional observation or care,
• Those with chronic conditions who require assistance with daily living activities or skilled nursing care, but do not require hospitalization,
• Those who need supervised medication dispensing or vital signs readings,
• Those with physical, mental, or cognitive disabilities who cannot be sheltered in a general population shelter, or
• Those with other disabilities who cannot be sheltered in a general population shelter.

Only one caregiver may accompany the resident inside the shelter. All residents should bring any prescribed medication or equipment needed for care if possible.
 
Click here for more information on Tropical Storm Gordon
 

 
Your ability to recover from an emergency tomorrow may depend of the planning and preparation you do today. This page is to provide information to individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs so they are able to plan for emergencies before they happen.
 
•  Download the FEMA app to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
•  Build an Emergency Supply kit using this FEMA checklist here.
 
Click here for a 2-minute video brought to you by the Ready Campaign and Ad Council showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. The Public Service Announcement emphasizes the Ready Campaign’s four building blocks of preparedness - Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved. This PSA is available with open caption, certified deaf interpreter (CDI) and open caption, and with CDI, open caption and audio descriptions.
 
Your local emergency managers may tell you to shelter in place or evacuate during a disaster. Dana Robison from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains what it means to shelter in place, preparing yourself and family to evacuate and about what to expect at a shelter during a disaster in American Sign Language (ASL). Click here for a 4-minute video brought to you by FEMA about shelters and evacutations during a disaster.
 
Click here to be linked to resources from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency designed specifically for individuals with disabilities. 
 
For the most immediate information during an emergency situation, please contact the Mississippi Emergency Management Association.  Click here to link to their website.

Each county in Mississippi has a full or part-time emergency management program appointed by local government. Click here to view a list from MEMA that will allow you to see who your emergency management/civil defense director is and how to contact them. 
 
Click here for the ADA checklist for emergency shelters.