SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - As Hurricane Sally picks up strength and approaches the Gulf Coast, counties across South Mississippi are working to keep people safe.
Here is a list of the counties that have issued evacuation orders and where emergency shelters are located. We will continue to add to this list as new information comes in.
Harrison County has issued a mandatory evacuation south of the seawall. A mandatory evacuation has also been issued for anyone living in a low-lying area. The beach is closed, along with many businesses along the south side of Highway 90.
An emergency shelter has been opened at 15038 County Farm Rd, Gulfport.
Hancock County issued a mandatory evacuation for low-lying areas that went in place at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.
This evacuation is for all low-lying areas, residents living on rivers, river inlets, bayous, creeks, and in travel trailers, as well as people who live in modular homes, mobile homes, homes under construction and or partially constructed homes.
The emergency shelter - located at 18320 Hwy. 43, Kiln - opened at 7 a.m. Monday.
Jackson County is requesting voluntary evacuation for low-lying areas. This includes residents living on rivers, river inlets, bayous, creeks, and in travel trailers, as well as people who live in modular homes, mobile homes, homes under construction and or partially constructed homes.
Three shelters will open Monday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. They are located at in St. Martin at 13000 Walker Road and in Hurley at 18413 Hwy. 613.
George County will open two storm shelters Monday at 6 p.m. at the following locations: Benndale Storm Shelter, 5207 Hwy. 26 W., and Agricola Storm Shelter, 3161 Cooks Corner Road.
Stone County - Medical Needs Shelter
The Mississippi State Medical Needs Shelter in Stone County opens at 3 p.m. Monday. Located at 1640 Coy Avenue in Wiggins, this 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.
Service animals will be allowed in the shelter. Other family pets can be accommodated in a nearby location.
Please be advised that because of COVID-19, the shelter will only operate at half capacity with socially distanced medical-grade cots. Please bring clothes for your stay, as well as a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.
The City of Long Beach has issued a voluntary evacuation for a one block area off of Highway 90.
Shelters: What to bring and what’s not allowed
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring the following essential items for each member of the family, including the following:
- Prescriptions and emergency medications
- Snacks and drinks, including 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
- Face coverings and hand sanitizer
The following items are NOT allowed in shelters:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Illegal drugs
- Pets (unless they are service animals)
Hurricane Sally was upgraded to a category one storm Monday morning. It will likely make landfall along the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Tuesday. Click here to see the latest updates on Sally.