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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

More briefs 

Two more short stories from The Sun Herald's Robin Fitzgerald:

Still room in shelters

Harrison County's Emergency Operations Center reports people are still finding their way into one of the 16 shelters operated by the American Red Cross.

As of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the shelters are 24 percent full, with 3,480 people housed in buildings with a combined capacity of 14,338.

Civil Defense Director Linda Rouse reminds residents a curfew is in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

However, public safety workers are trying to help anyone who needs assistance getting to a shelter, said Gulfport Police Officer Pat Young.

"We had one family convince some neighbors to come to a shelter, but the family didn't have a ride," he said. "We sent a vehicle to pick them up."

"But there won't be any mid-storm rescues," Young said. "Once the hurricane makes landfall, probably around 1 a.m., we're keeping public safety workers inside for their safety so they can get back out there and help as needed in the aftermath."

Shelters at Quarles Elementary in Long Beach and Jeff Davis Elementary in Biloxi are nearly 75 percent full, he said.

About emergency operations

About 50 people are alternating in 12-hour shifts at Harrison County's Emergency Operations Center in the Civil Defense Office at the County Courthouse in Gulfport.

Those assisting the Civil Defense Director Linda Rouse include American Red Cross representatives, law enforcement, fire, ambulance, public works, roads and health department personnel. Several city and county officials also are part of the team, along with representatives of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Air National Guard.

Don Hammack

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