Local storm shelters to open due to severe weather threat


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- Due to the severe weather risk across Central Mississippi on Easter Sunday, county officials are taking necessary precautions to protect community members in need of shelter.

Lamar County EMA Director James Smith said the shelter in Lamar County will open for residents starting Sunday at noon.

The Lamar County shelter has an area of 7,734 sq ft to accommodate an occupancy up to 773 people. It also has space for a nurse station, food preparation area, meals ready-to-eat and bottled water storage area, a security office, and general purpose office. 

The shelter is located at 105 Central Industrial Row in Purvis.

The Copiah County Joe L. Johnson Community Safe Room will open Sunday morning around 11 a.m.

As a safety precaution of COVID-19, the Sheriff’s Office is urging people to bring drinks and snacks, sanitizer and to wear a mask. Social distancing practices will also be heavily enforced.

The safe room is located at 1060 Epps Lane in Hazlehurst.

The safe room in Pike County will be open from 10 a.m. until the weather passes. Social distancing protocols will also be followed.

The Pike County Civil Defense and Emergency Management said they will provide masks and hand sanitizer but encourage people to bring their own chairs, snacks, water and additional necessities.

The shelter is located at 2017 Quinlivan Rd. in Magnolia. If you have questions please call the Pike Co. office tomorrow after 10 a.m. at 601-684-3564.

The Clinton Fire Department will open their safe room for the community Sunday. The shelter is located at Fire Station 4 on 1973 Pinehaven Road in Clinton.

The Department asks that if you plan to use the safe room, wear masks, gloves and other protective gear. Social distancing rules will still be applied.

The Rankin County Safe Room will also be open at 651 Marquette Road in Brandon.

The Forrest County 361 Safe Room will open at 3 p.m. and remain open until the threat has passed. The shelter is located at 946 Sullivan Drive in Hattiesburg. Guidelines will be in effect due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Below are additional safe rooms available near you:

Forrest County Safe RoomOpen
Brookhaven BuildingOpen
Lowndes County School District Career Technology CenterOpen
New Hope High SchoolOpen
Caledonia Elementary Open
Rankin County Safe RoomOpen
Adams County Safe RoomOpen
Louisville Safe RoomOpen
Clinton Safe RoomOpen
Claiborne County Safe RoomOpen
Copiah County Safe RoomOpen
Pike County Safe RoomOpen
Wayne County Safer Place To GoOpen
Wayne County Sheriff’s DepartmentOpen
Jones County Safe RoomOpen

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