Forrest County leaders are keeping a close eye on Gustav and say if the storm heads our way the Multipurpose Center will once again become a haven for evacuees.Supervisors initially planned to open the center Sunday, but since the storm slowed down, the date is being pushed back. Board president Charles Marshall said the center will used for people who are fleeing north and have no place to stay. Marshall said the office of emergency preparedness now has the power to declare an emergency to open the center, but as of now he doesn't know when that will be.
Marshall says the shelter will not be open for pets, but there will be a place for stray animals.
Pearl River County's emergency management director Danny Manley said the following shelters will be open Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.Manna Ministries on 120 street in Picayune; First baptist Church of Picayune on 401 Goodyear Boulevard; and First Baptist Church of Poplarville on 203 South Main Street.
Perry County emergency management officials have designated the following locations as points of distribution for needed supplies:Prry Cntral Hgh Shool on Hghway 98 east in New Augusta; the Bill Nance Auditorium in Beaumont; the Perry County Multipurpose Center along Highway 15 South in Richton, Runnelstown First Baptist Church on Highway 42 east in Runnelstown; and the Janice Community Center on Janice School Road in Brooklyn.