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MDHS prepares for Nate, announces shelter locations

Telesouth Communications

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is preparing for the expected Hurricane Nate and are providing resources for family members and visitors so that they may be prepared for the upcoming storm this weekend.

“Please follow the advice of your local officials regarding the possibility of evacuation,” said a statement from the Mississippi Department of Human Services. “We encourage those in low lying and flood prone areas, those in motor homes and travel trailers to seek shelter.  We encourage people with disabilities to go to the accessible shelters indicated below.”

  Recommended items:

  • Medications
  • Food items for persons with dietary restrictions
  • Clothing
  • Assistive Devices


The following shelters are scheduled to open Saturday, October 7, 2017:

Jackson County – opens at 8:00 a.m.
East Jackson County Safe Room, 18413 Highway 613, Hurley, MS 39555

Central Jackson County Community Safe Room,  5500 Ball Park Rd, Vancleave, MS 39565

West Jackson County Safe Room, 13000 Walker Rd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Harrison County – opens at 2:00 p.m.
*County Farm Rd Safe Room, 15035 County Farm Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503

*D’Iberville High School, 15625 Lamey Bridge Rd, Biloxi, MS 39532

*West Harrison High School, 10399 County Farm Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503

*Lobouy Safe Room, 9509 Lobuoy Rd, Pass Christian, MS 39571

*Saucier/Lizana Safe Room, 23771 Saucier-Lizana Rd, Saucier, MS 39574

Forrest County – opens at 2:00 p.m.
Forrest County Safe Room, 946 Sullivan Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

George County – opens at 4:00 p.m.
Agricola Community Center, 3161 Cooks Corner Rd, Lucedale, MS 39452
Benndale Community Center, 5207 Hwy 26 W, Lucedale, MS 3945

All Shelters above are accessible except the East and West Jackson Co. locations. Pet-friendly shelters are indicated with asterisks*.

In regards to Pet-friendly shelters, if individuals seek shelter with pets, consult a County Emergency Director for pet-friendly shelters nearest you.  All pets in pet-friendly shelters must be crated in the shelter.

Make sure to bring the following items with:

  • Leash and collar
  • Kennel or crate
  • Bedding
  • At least one week supply of food and water
  • Vaccination records
  • Medications
  • Bags for sanitary needs or kitty litter with enclosed container

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