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Jackson County Declares Emergency as Tropical Storm Warnings Issued

From: Jackson County Emergency Management   Filed 9/21/07 GCN 11:22 a.m.

In advance of possible tropical weather, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and the Emergency Management Office declared a Proclamation of Local Emergency this morning. This proclamation allows the County to take several precautionary steps including offering free sand bags (self bag) at the following locations:

  • West Jackson County VFD (Big Ridge Rd.)
  • St. Andrews VFD (Elm St.)
  • Fontainebleau VFD (4920 Beach St.)
  • Forts Lake VFD (Orange Grove Rd.)
  • Three Rivers VFD (Hwy 63)
  • East Road Dept. (Hwy. 63 in Escatawpa)
  • Central Road Dept. (Hwy. 57 in Vancleave)
  • West Road Dept. on (Hwy. 609 in St. Martin)

The Board of Supervisors will meet today (Sept. 21) at 2 p.m. to discuss possible evacuation orders. At this time, NO evacuation orders have been issued. All Jackson County offices are open for normal operations.

If evacuation orders are given the County is prepared to open several shelters at 5 p.m. this afternoon:

  • St. Martin Community Center on Lemonye Blvd.
  • Latimer Community Center on 10908 Daisy Vestry Rd.
  • Jackson County Fairgrounds on Shortcut Rd.
  • East Central Community Center on 4300 Hwy 614 (Special Medicals Needs)
  • Vancleave Vo-Tech Center on Hwy 57 (Pet Shelter)

Residents going to the shelter should bring medication, sleeping gear, and a change of clothes. Additional shelter openings, if needed, will be announced.

The County, local school systems and the Red Cross are preparing to begin its free bus transportation service.  Residents can still register by calling 228-712-2333. School buses could start picking up registered residents at their homes this afternoon. Each bus will take residents to a Red Cross shelter inside the County. Pack only the essentials; there is a two bag limit per rider.

The Pet Shelter will open at the same time as general population shelters. The Pet shelter will access small to medium size domesticated pets (cats, dogs, gerbils.) No exotic animals (snakes, monkeys, etc.) Pets must be inside a safe travel container and must have proof of shots. Owners canít stay with their pets at the animal shelter. The animal shelters will be staffed by trained county personnel.  

Officials are encouraging all residents to STAY INFORMED through local radio, TV stations and newspapers. These are the Countyís means to get information out quickly. Please seek out these sources.

All official County announcements and news releases will come from the Countyís Emergency Management Office and/or Public Information Office. All pre-storm updates will also be posted on the website for verification.

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