Shelters beginning to book up

Families fleeing southern portions of Mississippi and Louisiana ahead of Gustav are expected to begin arriving at Copiah County shelters Saturday.

Highland Baptist Church on North Jackson Street in Crystal Springs reports that the Copiah EOC has asked them to open their doors at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman and Sylvarena in Wesson are both completely booked as of Friday afternoon. Hazlehurst First Baptist already has 30 reservations. The Springs of Praise shelter does not plan to open until Sunday afternoon.

“We are still in need of air mattresses and most likely will be needing more food as the evacuees arrive,” reports Ann Rials of Highland.  Their needs include food, paper supplies, cleaning supplies, and of course air mattresses.  “We will use what we have to get started and hopefully like last time we will replenish from new donations,” she continued. “We have a little money in our disaster fund but if this thing goes big it won’t last long.  I know in my heart if God sends the people He will send the means to take care of them.”

For more information about shelters in Copiah County, call the Emergency Management Agency at 601-894-1658 or the American Red Cross.

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