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The Sun Herald will produce an Extra Edition on Wednesday that will be delivered free of charge to hurricane shelters across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We will leave sufficient copies so that anyone who would wish to receive a copy may drop by the shelter nearest to them to get theirs.

Due to the approach of Hurricane Ivan, normal home delivery will not be possible.

As soon as it is possible, we will resume our regular schedule of publication, but obviously that will be impacted by the storm.

Every day that we are unable to produce and deliver a paper to subscribers we intend to produce papers that will be delivered to storm shelters. We have in place a number of contingency plans to continue publication should our printing facilities be impaired.

-- The Editors

Eye on Ivan

A South Mississippi hurricane journal

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Emergency at P.C. nursing home 

Federal intervention was needed to evacuate a Pass Christian nursing home Wednesday afternoon. Miramar Lodge Nursing Home's 120 residents had to be taken from the facility by about 40 ambulances, a school bus and an RTA bus after they had failed to evacuate when the initial mandatory order was issued. The building is located on U.S. 90, the beachfront road.

"We thought it was unsafe for them to be there," said Steve Delahousey, vice president of operations for AMR, the local ambulance provider.

Local officials ordered the evacuation, which started around 4:30 p.m. The residents, including 70 who were bedridden, were taken to the hospitals at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, the Biloxi Veterans Administration hospitals and evacuation shelters in Biloxi and Bay St. Louis.

By declaring the emergency imminent and serious, officials were able to use the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, which allows local base commanders to open federal facilities for such uses. Gov. Haley Barbour was also involved in the chain of events.

-- reported by David Purdy and Don Hammack

Don Hammack

Don Hammack is a staff writer for the Sun Herald. He can be reached at or
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