HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Forrest County has opened its FEMA 361 Shelter for those fleeing Hurricane Nate.
It is located next to the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center and it opened its doors at two o'clock Saturday afternoon.
About 20 people were already in the shelter within the first hour.
The American Red Cross is providing staffing for the facility.
It is open to people both inside and outside of Forrest County.
Pets are being allowed under certain conditions.
"They are allowing pets, as long as they're in a kennel and they ask that you bring enough water and food for the pet for the duration of the stay," said Glen Moore, director of Forrest County Emergency Management.
Jones County also opened its FEMA 361 evacuation shelter at 2 p.m. Saturday.
And the Lamar County Community shelter opened at six p.m. Saturday.
People will need to bring their own comfort items and food if they want to stay in that facility until the storm passes.
It is located at 105 Central Industrial Road in Purvis.