PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Some emergency management and service organizations are gearing up for a possible second round of severe weather Tuesday by opening some safe locations for people to ride out the storm. In Purvis, the Lamar County Community Shelter, constructed just two years ago, is open for folks needing a place to stay, but, just until the bad weather ends.
No food is being provided and people will have to bring their own comfort items.
"We have some chairs and we'll have a TV set-up, so they can monitor the local weather, stuff like that, but really nothing out of the ordinary, just a safe place to be," said James Smith, executive director of Lamar County Emergency Management.
"I needed to come to Purvis anyway, because I've got a bunch of property," said Doug "Smokie" Stover, a Hattiesburg resident who's staying at the Lamar County Community Shelter. "I didn't want to see any loose materials all over the place...I said, while we're here, we might as well take advantage, because I don't want to be on the road," he said.
In Hattiesburg, the Salvation Army is also providing a place for those needing shelter. They have more than three dozen beds available at their Center of Hope shelter and they'll be serving dinner and breakfast for those staying overnight.
"If someone doesn't have a home or if someone lives in a mobile home that could possibly be damaged by storms, we want to make sure they have a safe place to go," said Capt. Ronnette Smith, assistant corps officer for the Hattiesburg Salvation Army.
The Hattiesburg Salvation Army has a total of 43 beds available.