SHELTER UPDATES:


To find a Red Cross shelter, you can download the Red Cross Hurricane app (http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app) or visit http://www.redcross.org/nss. The following shelters are currently open:

  • Forrest County 361 Shelter on Sullivan Road off Hwy. 49 South in Hattiesburg
  • Lamar County Community Center at 99 Central Industrial Road in Purvis
  • You should also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. To register, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.

    The Red Cross encourages those who plan to stay in a Red Cross evacuation shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:

  • prescription and emergency medication
  • extra clothing
  • pillows
  • blankets
  • hygiene supplies
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • small board games
  • books for entertainment
  • specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
  • basic snacks
  • baby food and formula
  • diapers
  • beach chair or camp chair
  • identification - including license and FPL or other utility bill
  • insurance papers
  • other comfort items
  • Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who are elderly or disabled.

    People may not bring illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, any weapons or pets into the shelter. For information on Pet Shelters contact 211.