LIST: Cold weather shelters now open across South Mississippi
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - With freezing temperatures across South Mississippi, shelters across the Gulf Coast are opening their doors to those in need of a warm place to go.
Here is a list of shelters that we have been notified will be open during this week’s cold weather.
The D’Iberville Civic Center (10395 Auto Mall Pkwy.) is serving as a cold weather shelter Tuesday and Wednesday night starting at 5 p.m. and again on Wednesday.
The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency has opened its shelter through Friday, Feb. 19. The shelter is open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. at the county’s Storm Prep Building, located at 18335 Hwy. 603 in Kiln. Anyone in need of a ride to the shelter can contact Hancock County dispatch at 228-255-9191 for assistance.
Salvation Army of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
The Salvation Army of the Mississippi Gulf Coast opened its cold weather shelters in both Pascagoula and Gulfport Feb. 15 and 16.
The shelters will reopen again on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. and stay open until Feb. 19 at 7 a.m. and again on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. until Feb. 20 at 7 a.m. However, the Pascagoula shelter will close its doors at 7 p.m. on both nights if no one has arrived. The Salvation Army also notes that space is limited in both shelters to COVID-19 protocols.
The Pascagoula shelter is located at 3217 Nathan Hale Avenue; the Gulfport shelter is located at 2019 22nd Street.
Prepackaged meals will be served for dinner and breakfast. Food will be served bedside to discourage group gatherings.
All of the CDC guidelines must be followed, including wearing masks and social distancing. Beds will be positioned 6 feet apart from each other to follow these guidelines. Guests will also need to fill out a survey about their health before entering.
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