Jackson County’s Emergency Management Office has taken several major precautionary steps today (Aug. 30) in advance of severe weather and high winds from Hurricane Gustav, including:
· The County and the American Red Cross are opening the following Emergency Shelters at 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon. (Residents going to a shelter should bring medication, sleeping gear, and a change of clothes. Review Red Cross guidelines.)
o East Central Community Center (Special Medical Needs-1 p.m.)- 4300 Hwy. 614
o East Central High School- 21700 Slider Rd. off Hwy. 614
o St. Martin East Elementary- 7508 Rose Farm Rd.
o Vancleave High School- 12412 Hwy. 57
The County remains under a Proclamation of Local Emergency. The Board of Supervisors has closed the Ocean Springs Harbor to all “transient vessels and boats” until the threat of Gustav subsides. All current boat owners with valid “Slip Lease Agreements” can continue to dock their boats at the Harbor.
The County is still offering free sand bags (self serve) at the following 10 locations:
o Forts Lake Fire Dept. on Forts Lake Rd.
o Three Rivers Fire Dept. on Hwy. 63
o East Road Dept. on Hwy. 63 in Escatawpa
o East Central Community Center on Hwy. 614
o St. Andrews Fire Dept. on Elm St.
o Fontainebleau Fire Dept. on Hwy. 57 (south)
o Central Road Dept. on Hwy. 57 in Vancleave
o West JC Fire Dept. on Big Ridge Rd.
o Latimer Community Center on Daisy Vestry Rd.
o West Road Dept. on N. Washington Ave. in St. Martin.
As a precaution, the County will staff the Emergency Management Office, Ocean Springs Harbor Office and Public Information Office throughout the weekend.
All official County announcements and news releases will come from the County’s Emergency Management Office and/or Public Information Office. All pre-storm updates will also be posted on the County’s website for verification.