Hurricane news to know — updated continuouslyPublished 2:07pm Monday, August 27, 2012
• Adams County Christian School will be open Friday.
• Cathedral School will be open Friday.
• Natchez-Adams County School District will be closed Friday.
• Trinity Episcopal Day School will be open Friday.
• Concordia Parish School District will be open Friday.
• Copiah-Lincoln Community College — All campuses will be closed Thursday and Friday due to power outages, flooding and blocked roads. Essential personnel and maintenance/custodial employees should report to work. The Co-Lin vs. Northeast football game is rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.
• Alcorn State University will close its Lorman, Natchez and Vicksburg campuses Friday.
• The Adams County Health Department will be open Friday.
• The Adams County WIN Job Center is now open.
• Ferriday Town Hall will be open Friday.
• The Adams County Courthouse will be open Friday.
• Concordia Council on Aging — Meal sites and home delivery will be closed until next Tuesday.
High School football changes:
• Ferriday at Natchez moved to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Vidalia at Block moved to 7 p.m. Saturday.
• Cathedral’s game versus Loyd Star has been canceled.
• Tylertown at Franklin County moved to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
• ACCS still plans to play at 7 p.m. Friday at Riverdale.
• Trinity’s game has been canceled.
• Walmart and Natchez Market are reporting an increase of business but remained stocked with basic items such as bread and water. Natchez Market Director of Operations Barry Loy said restocking disruptions may occur Wednesday if supply trucks coming from Baton Rouge are delayed.
• Gas delivery trucks have arrived at area stations, and the gas supply is adequate.
• NATCHEZ — Natchez Community Hospital’s CEO Eric Robinson said the hospital is prepared to handle Isaac’s threat to the Miss-Lou.
Extra food, linens and general supplies are on hand, and additional staff is on standby if necessary.
High capacity generators are already on site, and the hospital and clinics are scheduled to make a controlled transfer late this afternoon to avoid any long term outages. There will be a brief interruption of non-emergent electric power during the transfer.
“Not only will we be able to keep the lights and air conditioning on, we will be able to provide our full complement of services required to treat and diagnosis patients,” Robinson added. “We expect no lag time and we are prepared to operate normally.
“Our past experiences have given us the opportunity to learn and prepare for this type of storm,” Robinson said. “The public can rest assured that we are here to meet any and all medical emergencies if the need arises.”
• NATCHEZ — The American Red Cross is encouraging all Miss-Lou residents to take the proper safety precautions in advance of the landfall of storm Isaac, which is anticipated to be hurricane strength Tuesday.
Everyone should have contact information for a family member or someone else who they can reach out-of-town should they need to following the storm event, said Debra Davis, office coordinator for the Natchez office of the American Red Cross’s Capital River region.
They should also make sure to have at least three gallons of water per day per person, a battery-operated radio to listen for emergency updates and a flashlight, Davis said.
Likewise, residents should make sure their cars are gassed up before the storm, she said.
Having non-perishable food items on hand is also advised, as is ensuring all necessary medications will be available in case of extended power or infrastructure disruptions.
“Basically, you need to plan to be self-sufficient for up to three days,” Davis said.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency also advises that pet owners bring their animals inside well before the storm arrives.
• Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an order banning price gouging in south Mississippi during Isaac.
The order, signed Monday, applies to all counties through which Interstate 20 passes, and all counties south of there. The interstate runs from Vicksburg through Jackson to Meridian. Adams County is included in the ban.
Attorney General Jim Hood says his office has received some complaints of price gouging.
Hood said he cautions people not to take advantage of people fleeing the storm. Hood said most price-gouging complaints involved hotel and gasoline prices.
• Atmos Energy customers should leave their natural gas service on during a hurricane. Most gas appliances have safety valves that shut off the flow of gas automatically if the pilot light goes out.
Atmos Energy customers experiencing a natural gas outage or service interruption should contact the company’s 24-hour customer service number at 1-888-286-6700. Customers will be restored as quickly as possible once the area is deemed safe.
Shelters open in Mississippi
(Note: No shelters are currently open in the Miss-Lou.)
• George County: George County High School: 9286 Old Highway 63 South, Lucedale.
George County Senior Citizens Center: 7102 Highway 198E, Lucedale.
• Forrest County: One shelter opening at 5 p.m. today.
Forrest County community shelter: 946 Sullivan Road, Hattiesburg. Pet-friendly shelter.
• Hancock County: Three shelters opening at 2 p.m. today.
Kiln shelter: 18320 Hwy. 43.
Dedeaux shelter: 1095 Road 350.
• Jackson County: Four shelters opening at 4 p.m. today.
St. Martin High School.
• Vancleave High School.
East Central High School.
East Central Community Center—special needs shelter.
• Lauderdale County: Two shelters opening today. Will update with opening time.
Northpark Church: 7770 Hwy. 39 North, Meridian.
• Harrison County: Lobouy/361: 9509 Lobouy Road, Pass Christian.
Saucier-Lizana Road shelter: 23771 Saucier-Lizana Road, Saucier.
County Farm: 15035 County Farm Road, Gulfport.
Harrison Central High School: 15600 School Road. Pet-friendly shelter.
• Hinds County: New Horizon Gym: 1779 Ellis Ave. Jackson.
• Marion County: Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church: 1452 Highway 98 East.