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Red Cross opens shelters amid flooding

Photo courtesy of MEMA
Photo courtesy of MEMA

With heavy rainfall continuing across the state of Mississippi, the Red Cross and the Department of Human Services are keeping three shelters open to help those affected by the severe weather. 

According to the organization, the shelters in south Mississippi will be open until noon on Monday, and their locations can be found below. 

  • Forrest County – Petal Civic Center, 712A South Main St., Petal, 39465
  • Jones County – Jones County Safe Room 361 Shelter, 1457 Ellisville Blvd., Laurel, 39440
  • Clarke County – Shubuta Senior Citizen Community Center, 183 Station-Eucutta Road, Shubuta, 39360

The Red Cross stated that the evacuation centers/shelters provide a safe place to stay for those who have evacuated their home.

“These sites typically are only meant to house people for 12-72 hours. Because these centers/shelters must open quickly, it may not be possible to provide a cot and blanket for each person and it may not be practical to move in supplies for such a short-term.”

With that said, the Red Cross released a list of the items that you should bring with you to the shelters. 

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

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