Eye on Ivan
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
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.
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