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Tropical Storm Isaac: News, Links, Info

Isaac is expected to reach southern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

Isaac is expected to reach southern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

Stay up-to-date on the storm with these links & info:

The National Weather Service

The National Hurricane Service

The National Hurricane Service Twitter

16 WAPT MS Weather Radar

FEMA

Just in case a power outage occurs: Power Outage Preparedness

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donnaladd 7 years ago

The Mississippi Center for Police & Sheriffs has Shelter space available to Seniors and disabled persons @ the Senior Emergency Shelter - Contact Steven Pickett 601-260-9876 should you need Shelter during the storm.

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donnaladd 7 years ago

MEMA Shelter Update

PEARL—Public shelters will begin opening as Tropical Storm Isaac continues its move toward the Gulf Coast.

MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham urges residents to finalize their evacuation plans, as coastal Mississippi could see tropical storm force winds beginning Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

“Residents should finalize evacuation plans now and should not wait until the last minute,” MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham said. “Even though Isaac has tracked slightly to the west, Mississippi will still see impacts. We have a good chance of seeing high winds, very heavy rains and significant storm surge. Anyone who lives in a low-lying area should make plans to move to a safer area. Most importantly, heed all evacuation requests and orders as soon as they are issued.”

Latham also urges residents to stay with friends and family when possible, leaving public shelters available to those who have no other place to go.

A list of shelter openings follows. Residents should monitor local media outlets for updates.

Forrest County: One shelter opening at 5 p.m. today. Forrest County community shelter: 946 Sullivan Road, Hattiesburg. Pet-friendly shelter. Hancock County: Three shelters opening at 2 p.m. today. Kiln shelter: 18320 Hwy. 43. Dedeaux shelter: 1095 Road 350. Jackson County: Four shelters opening at 4 p.m. today. St. Martin High School. Vancleave High School. East Central High School. East Central Community Center—special needs shelter.

MEMA updates shelter information as it becomes available. Shelter updates may also be available from the Mississippi Red Cross at www.mississippi-redcross.org. This website also lists what items evacuees should bring to a Red Cross Shelter.

For preparedness information, visit www.msema.org. Like MEMA on Facebook and follow Twitter updates using the handle @MSEMA

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donnaladd 7 years ago

Jackson County declares Local Emergency Sand bags now available, Harbor Access Limited, shelter sites announced

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors proclaimed a “Declaration of Local Emergency” today in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac. A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for Jackson County. National Weather Service forecasters are predicting drenching rains as this system moves ashore. The first tropical storm force winds are expected to be felt around midnight on Monday, if not earlier. Jackson County Emergency Management Director Donald Langham is asking residents living in low-lying and flood prone areas to evacuate those areas before the onset of tropical storm winds that are expected around midnight. Weather will begin to deteriorate quickly at that point. Citizens should finalize all of there pre-storm preparations and stay-tuned to local weather stations

The Emergency Declaration allows the County to take several precautionary steps, including:

· Sandbags:

The County is now offering free sand bags (self serve) at the following 12 locations: · Latimer Community Center - 10908 Daisy Vestry Rd · West Division Road Department on N. Washington Ave. (Hwy. 609) · West Jackson County Fire Department – 15324 Big Ridge Road · Fountainebleu Fire Department on 3901 Hwy. 57 (south) · St. Andrews Fire Department – 1401 Elm St. · Simmons Bayou Fire Department – 2300 East Simmons Bayou (Gulf Park Estates) · Forts Lake Fire Department - 10701 Forts Lake Rd. · Orange Grove Community Center – 5625 Orange Grove Road · Old Americus Road Fire Department – 24321 Old Americus Road · Three Rivers Fire Department – 16933 Hwy 63 · East Roads Department on Hwy. 63 in Escatawpa · Central Roads Department on 8500 Jim Ramsey Rd. in Vancleave

Sandbags are also available in the municipalities at the following locations: · Ocean Springs – Public Works Dept. at 712 Pine Drive · Moss Point – Old Central Fire Station at 4313 McInnis Ave (across from new City Hall) · Gautier – Behind City Hall on Highway 90 · Pascagoula – Public Works Dept. on 14th Street

· Small Craft Harbor: The Harbor Master is limiting access to the Small Craft Harbor in Ocean Springs. The Harbor is closed to all “transient vessels” until the threat of tropical weather subsides. All current boat owners with valid “Slip Lease Agreements” can continue to dock their boats and “come-and-go” in the Harbor. Harbor staff is contacting owners with vessels that can be put on a trailer to ask them to remove them, though it’s not required. Boats left in the Harbor

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donnaladd 7 years ago

MORE must be tied down securely. UPDATED - Garbage/Debris Pick Up: Residents in unincorporated areas of Jackson County are being asked not to place any debris or garbage cans at the side of the road for pick up. Crews are only running regular schedules on Monday as the weather permits. No additional debris will be picked up. If residents have debris at the side of the road currently they are being asked to remove it or take it to the Seaman Road Landfill. The Landfill will be open until 6 p.m. on Monday. For more information call 872-8340.

· NEW - Evacuations: The Jackson County Board of Supervisors is calling for mandatory evacuations for anyone south of Highway 90 and all other low-lying and flood prone areas throughout the county. This includes residents along rivers, tributaries, flood-prone areas, as well as those living in mobile homes, recreational vehicles, and housing that could be considered unstable. Those residents that experienced flooding during Hurricane Katrina should evaluate what the effects of the possible 8-12 foot tidal surge would have to their property and make an informed decision with regard to evacuation. Moss Point - Officials from the City of Moss Point recommend that residents in East Moss Point (Kreole Area), Rose Drive, and along portions of River Road heed the recommendations for evacuation. · SHELTERS:

Emergency Shelters - The County and American Red Cross are opening 3 Emergency Shelters at 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. Residents going to a shelter should bring medication, sleeping gear, a change of clothes, snacks and all needs for children. The Red Cross website www.mississippi-redcross.org provides information about shelter guidelines, hurricane preparation, and a downloadable hurricane app. The shelters include: · St. Martin High School · Vancleave High School · East Central High School · Special Needs Shelter will open at the East Central Community Center at 4 p.m. (4300 Hwy 614, Hurley)

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donnaladd 7 years ago

MORE: NEW - Transportation to Shelters – Transportation is available to Jackson County residents who are unable to make their own arrangements. Transportation will be available until 10 p.m. tonight. After that time all transportation requests must be made through your local law enforcement agency.

Pet Sheltering - Animals are not allowed at the emergency shelters. However, residents who will be utilizing the emergency shelters and have pets have an option. Animal Shelter staff will be available at each site to take pets to a designated pet shelter site in Vancleave on Tuesday, August 28th. Residents who want to do this should be prepared to sign their animals over to the staff. They do not need to bring food, but can if the pet is on a special diet. Residents will also need to pick them up once they leave the emergency shelter. This service is only for residents staying in the emergency shelters listed above. No drop offs will be accepted. In addition, the County’s Animal Shelter will not be accepting owner surrenders or strays at this time either.

All Jackson County offices will be closed on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th. Offices will be open again on Thursday, August 30th.

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. If residents have question about any of the above information they can contact the Emergency Management Office at 228-769-3111.

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donnaladd 7 years ago

The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership is participating in sharing information with state agencies and chambers throughout the state on needs and concerns of people in the anticipated impact areas of Tropical Storm Isaac.

MEMA representative stated that the track is still uncertain but appears to be passing on the west placing Mississippi on the worst side of the storm. More information will be passed on tomorrow concerning details of the track of the tropical storm. Please go to www.nhc.noaa.gov for updates.

Persons interested in donating materials or supplies should call 211 to find out what is needed and where! The Chamber has been advised that the MS Tourism Department is keeping up with available hotel rooms throughout the state. For more information, please call 601-359-3297.

Below is information taken from the MEC website at www.msmec.com. MEC is coordinating the daily conference call.

Tropical Storm Isaac

Preparation efforts are underway to assist people in Mississippi and other Southern States that may be affected by Tropical Storm Isaac. Both the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are seeking donations to assist with the recovery efforts.

To make a donation to the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the regional office of the American Red Cross at 875 Riverside Drive, Jackson, MS, 39202 or to the national office at American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013

Click Here for Tips on Preparing for Storm

The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donors may text “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Please designate "2012 Hurrican Relief" on all checks.

Click Here for Latest on Isaac Preparations

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donnaladd 7 years ago

United Way of the Capital Area’s health and human services call center is now activated to handle calls concerning Tropical Storm Isaac. As MEMA’s official public information call center during national disaster, 2-1-1 Mississippi is prepared to answer thousands of calls from people seeking shelter, supplies, medicine, or any other help as Isaac approaches.

United Way’s 2-1-1 is a statewide call service for health and human service needs. It is active at all times of the year, but during times of natural disaster, 2-1-1 partners with MEMA to help reduce their call volume and free them up for other duties. During Hurricane Gustav, United Way’s 2-1-1 call center handled more than 10,000 calls from people throughout the Southeast who were in Mississippi seeking shelter or other help.

This year, United Way is even better prepared to help facilitate a large call volume thanks to the donation of 2 Smart Boards from Detel. Smart Boards will allow 2-1-1 staff to quickly update information such as shelter openings and closings, road and bridge closings, special needs assistance, prescription drug help, and more to call specialists.

Callers seeking help can dial 2-1-1 from any phone or can call (866) 472-8265.

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donnaladd 7 years ago

MDES Closes Coastal County WIN Job Centers Ahead of Storm

Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced today the closure of four WIN Job Centers due to bad weather.

WIN Job Center locations in Harrison, Hancock, Pearl River and Jackson County are closing early today and will remain closed until further notice. Closing the coastal county WIN Job Centers early allows agency staff to prepare their families and property ahead of Hurricane Isaac.

Customers may use the agency website at mdes.ms.gov to file for unemployment benefits or access many of the services provided by the WIN Job Centers.

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donnaladd 7 years ago

Tweet: RT @PhilBryantMS: Ahead of #Isaac, I'm speeding up teacher pay and tightening price gouging regulations bit.ly/PjPFXb

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RonniMott 7 years ago

From Bailey Gilchrist, manager, external Relations of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Offers Tool to Help Businesses In Advance of Tropical Storm Isaac

Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center Activates Network and Tools to Help Businesses Prepare

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) today announced that its National Disaster Help Desk for Business is activated in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac’s potential landfall this week in the southeastern United States. The Help Desk, made possible by the Office Depot Foundation, is a tool for fast and reliable information that will help small business and local chambers of commerce access the suite of relief and recovery resources available to them as they prepare for and cope with damage from the storm.

“Small businesses are particularly vulnerable in times of natural disasters,” says U.S. Chamber BCLC senior disaster manager Gerald McSwiggan. “Every business owner can take very simple steps to help avoid loss, damage, or disruption caused by the storm, and the Help Desk can help you prepare and recover.”

The U.S. Chamber BCLC encourages every company and chamber of commerce that is located in the Southeast United States to consider Tropical Storm Isaac a potentially serious threat, and to prepare accordingly.

Statistics show that one in four small businesses will experience a disruptive natural disaster and, of those, 43% won’t recover. The U.S. Chamber BCLC wants to ensure that every business and chamber of commerce is adequately prepared before, during and after disasters. Business owners, chamber leaders and individuals are encouraged to contact the Help Desk if:

  • You are in the impact area and want help navigating assistance programs from FEMA, the Small Business Administration and others. You want information about business resilience and recovery best practices. You want to provide support to businesses coping with this disaster.

“Managing through a disaster is about creating networks,” continued McSwiggan. “The U.S. Chamber BCLC and our Help Desk are here to assist in all phases of preparing for and recovering from the hurricane.”

To learn more about the preparedness and recovery resources available and to reach a disaster expert, contact the Help Desk online, by email or phone (888-MY-BIZ HELP or 888- 692-4943), or on Facebook and Twitter.

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donnaladd 7 years ago

Anyone need this help?

Good Morning Donna! if you know of any churches, gyms, fellowship halls that will be serving as shelters for families evacuating- please inbox me the locations. Swat Mc-Miss have toiletries and other personal items we would like to donate to these families in need. Thanks!

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donnaladd 7 years ago

Pearl – State and county emergency management officials are prepositioning supplies to help Gulf Coast residents as Tropical Storm Isaac moves closer to the state.

The National Guard has activated 1,500 guardsmen.

The state delivered 84,000 sandbags to Southern Mississippi counties and has 20,000 sandbags ready to be distributed as needed. Sandbags requested include: · 30,000 by Jackson County. · 3,000 by Forrest County. · 5,000 by Lamar County.

Other items ready to be distributed after Tropical Storm Isaac hits:

· Five trucks of water were delivered. · 20 trucks of water are order. · 400 tarps delivered to Wilkinson County. · 100 tarps delivered to Lamar County. · 100 tarps delivered to Forrest County. · 42 cots delivered to Pearl River County. · 84 cots delivered to Forrest County. · Three generators requested by Wilkinson County. · One generator requested by Harrison County. · No ice has been requested as this time.

For preparedness information, visit www.msema.org. Like MEMA on Facebook and follow Twitter updates using the handle @MSEMA

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donnaladd 7 years ago

The offices of the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association have taken steps to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac and encourage individuals in potential affected areas to be prepared. For people with memory loss, a disruption like this can be tremendously stressful and confusing and can overload the mental ability of the person to act rationally. The Alzheimer’s Association has a variety of resources to provide education and assistance. Further information can be found on the Alzheimer’s Association Web site at www.alz.org.

After Hurricane Katrina, many people with dementia were displaced because they had no identification on them. The Alzheimer’s Association encourages enrollment in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® by calling the toll free number at 1-888-572-8566. Persons can be enrolled immediately and given a number for identification. Those who are already enrolled should be sure that their information is current.

Persons who have a family member in a long-term care facility should contact that facility and ask for information on its disaster and evacuation plan. Details about where the facility plans to take the residents and what type of identification the loved one will have on them should be obtained.

Additional assistance is available by contacting the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 for information and resources.

The Alzheimer’s Association office in Jackson urges everyone to take the steps needed to ensure the safety of all family members.

Patty Dunn Executive Director Alzheimer's Association Mississippi Chapter

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donnaladd 7 years ago

9:30 a.m. Aug. 28, 2011

MEMA Shelter Update

PEARL— Residents evacuating from the Gulf Coast can stay in 14 shelters open currently as Tropical Storm Isaac continues its move toward Mississippi and Louisiana.

MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham urges residents to finalize their evacuation plans, as coastal Mississippi could see tropical storm force winds beginning tonight or early Tuesday morning.

Latham also urges residents to stay with friends and family when possible, leaving public shelters available to those who have no other place to go.

A list of shelter openings follows. Residents should monitor local media outlets for updates.

George County: George County High School: 9286 Old Highway 63 South, Lucedale. George County Senior Citizens Center: 7102 Highway 198E, Lucedale. Forrest County: Forrest County community shelter: 946 Sullivan Road, Hattiesburg. Pet-friendly shelter. Hancock County: Kiln shelter: 18320 Highway 43, Kiln. Dedeaux shelter: 1095 Road 350, Kiln. Harrison County: Lobouy/361: 9509 Lobouy Road, Pass Christian. Saucier-Lizana Road shelter: 23771 Saucier-Lizana Road, Saucier. County Farm: 15035 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Harrison Central High School: 15600 School Road. Pet-friendly shelter. Hinds County: New Horizon Gym: 1779 Ellis Ave. Jackson. Jackson County: St. Martin High School. Vancleave High School. Pet-friendly shelter East Central High School. Marion County: Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church: 1452 Highway 98 East.

MEMA updates shelter information as it becomes available. Shelter updates may also be available from the Mississippi Red Cross at www.mississippi-redcross.org. This website also lists what items evacuees should bring to a Red Cross Shelter.

For preparedness information, visit www.msema.org. Like MEMA on Facebook and follow Twitter updates using the handle @MSEMA

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donnaladd 7 years ago

if you are a #restaurant affected by #isaac, go to msra.org now to know what you must do to reopen after storm

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donnaladd 7 years ago

In order to show some love for all of the Hurricane Isaac evacuees in Jackson, all of our restaurants are giving... fb.me/1Kuwzgojc

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donnaladd 7 years ago

             August 28, 2012

MDES Closes More WIN Job Centers Ahead of Storm

Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced today the closure of more WIN Job Centers due to bad weather.

WIN Job Center locations in Marion, Adams and Pike Counties will be closed until further notice. In addition, the WIN Job Centers in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, and Pearl River Counties are still closed

Customers may use the agency website at mdes.ms.gov to file for unemployment benefits or access many of the services provided by the WIN Job Centers.

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donnaladd 7 years ago

Tuesday: All RCSD after school activities are cancelled for today and Wednesday. Frontiers after school program will remain open.

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donnaladd 7 years ago

Come by our Aladdin Grocery and stock up. Shop at out store or dine with us and all evacuees will receive 15% off. yfrog.com/h6ffnuae

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donnaladd 7 years ago

Vicksburg Warren School District will be closed Wednesday AND Thursday bit.ly/NSmRdV

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donnaladd 7 years ago

Friends,

Due to the imminent arrival of Hurricane Isaac, we are closed TONIGHT, AUGUST 28, 2012, out of concern for the safety of our staff and our customers. We will make a decision concerning our Wednesday hours after we observe the conditions and examine forecasts tomorrow.

Thanks so much!

Sid, Tom, Kris and the staff at Underground 119

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donnaladd 7 years ago

Hurricane Isaac Causes Widespread Power Outages in Mississippi

Jackson, MS— Utility companies in Mississippi are reporting 24,400 homes are without power as Hurricane Isaac slowly moved through the state.

Utility crews from Mississippi and other states are working to restore electricity to homes across south Mississippi.

As of 11 a.m., the following utility providers reported outages: Electric Power Associations of Mississippi has 15,300 customers without power. Mississippi Power has 7,600 customers without power. Entergy has 1,500 customers without power.

For updates on MEMA emergency operations, call the MEMA information line at 1-866-519-6362 or go online to www.msema.org.

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donnaladd 7 years ago

6:30 a.m. Aug. 29, 2012 -- MEMA Shelter Update

PEARL— Shelters continue to open for residents evacuating from their homes as Hurricane Isaac approaches the state. As of 6:30 a.m., 31 shelters are open around south and central Mississippi sheltering 2,132 evacuees.

Residents should monitor local media outlets for updates. MEMA updates shelter information as it becomes available. Shelter updates may also be available from the Mississippi Red Cross at www.mississippi-redcross.org. This website also lists what items evacuees should bring to a Red Cross Shelter.

Open Shelters: Copiah County: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church: 13146 Highway 51 S, Hazlehurst. Sylvarena Baptist Church: 1119 Old Sylvarena Road, Wesson. Camp Wesley Pines: 1095 Camp Wesley Pines Rd, Gallman. Highland Baptist Church, 505 North Jackson St. Crystal Springs. Gallman Baptist Church, Gallman. Springs of Praise, 26114 Highway 27 South, Crystal Springs. Covington County: Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 5461 Highway 49 South, Mt. Olive. George County: George County Middle School: 330 Church St., Lucedale. Benndale Elementary School, 5204 Highway 26 West, Lucedale. George County Senior Citizens Center: 7102 Highway 198E, Lucedale. Grenada County: Lewis Johnson Senior Citizen Complex, 299 Martin Luther King Blvd., Grenada. Forrest County: Forrest County Community Shelter: 946 Sullivan Road, Hattiesburg. Pet-friendly shelter. Hancock County: Kiln Shelter: 18320 Highway 43, Kiln. Dedeaux Shelter: 1095 Road 350, Kiln. Harrison County: Lobouy/361: 9509 Lobouy Road, Pass Christian. Saucier-Lizana Road Shelter: 23771 Saucier-Lizana Road, Saucier. County Farm: 15035 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Harrison Central High School: 15600 School Road. Pet-friendly shelter. West Harrison High School, 10399 County Farm Rd., Gulfport. D’Iberville High School, 3320 Warrior Rd., D’Iberville.

Hinds County: Mississippi Coliseum, 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson. Jackson County: St. Martin High School. Vancleave High School, 12412 Highway 57, Vancleave. Jones County: The Cameron Center, 711 North 10th St., Laurel. Lamar County: Lamar Community Center, 99 Central Industrial Row, Purvis. Marion County: Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church: 1452 Highway 98 East. Pearl River County: Manna Ministries: 120 St. A, Suite B, Picayune. Poplarville First Baptist Church: 403 S. Main St., Poplarville. Perry County: Perry Central High School, 9899 Highway 98 East, New Augusta. Rankin County: Hudspeth Regional Center: Highway 475, Whitfield. Stone County: Stone County Elementary School: 1652A East Central Ave., Wiggins. For preparedness information, visit www.msema.org. Like MEMA on Facebook and follow Twitter updates using the handle @MSEMA

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donnaladd 7 years ago

City Assisting Hinds County’s Sandbag Effort

The City of Jackson is pleased to cooperate with Hinds County in its efforts to make sandbags available to citizens. The City of Jackson is providing sand to the County.

The Sheriff’s Department is providing inmates to bag the sand and the distribution of the sandbags will be coordinated by the Hinds County EOC. Residents may call the Hinds County EOC at 601.960.1476.

“We commend Hinds County for this initiative and we are pleased we are able to provide material for this effort,” said Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr.

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