Fay Moves West, Time To Prepare

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) As early as Saturday night, South Mississippi is expected to feel the affects of Tropical Storm Fay.  Between now and Saturday, you might want to add these tasks to your to-do list: update your disaster supplies; clean up your yard - bring in lawn furniture or outdoor items that could cause problems with draining or become airborne in the event of heavy winds; and have a plan, know where to go to find higher ground.

Emergency Management officials in Harrison, Jackson and Hancock counties are keeping a close eye on low-lying areas and those with poor drainage.  At this point, no shelters are open, but officials will be standing post at Emergency Operations Centers to monitor Tropical Storm Fay.

Cities and counties are also helping people prepare by handing out sandbags on Saturday.  Here's a list of where to go:

Ocean Springs / Public Works Department - 712 Pine Drive / (228) 875-4236

Gulfport / Public Works Complex / 4050 Hewes Ave / Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Gulfport residents must bring valid driver's license or water/power bill for proof of residency)

Hancock County / East Rec Center in Diamondhead / County Complex on Longfellow in Bay St. Louis / West Hancock Fire Station in Pearlington / Bayside Volunteer Fire Department in Bayside Park / South County Barn Lower Bay Road / North County Barn Highway 43.