Gulfport Moving 911 Operators North

When Katrina roared toward South Mississippi, Gulfport shut down its downtown dispatch center, and transferred 911 calls to a temporary site north of the interstate. Those days are about to be over.

Gulfport has already laid phone lines in its north Gulfport substation. That's where it's permanently moving its 911 operators, so police dispatchers can ride out the next storm in one location.

"The key thing is that we won't lose our 911 lines. We won't lose our phone lines. Everything will be 100 percent up and running right here at the facility," Alfred Sexton with the Gulfport Police Department said.

Gulfport's new dispatch center should be in operation by July. The police department is paying about $15,000 to wire and renovate its north Gulfport building.