Natural Disaster Updates
For additional natural disaster resources, please click the links below:
- American Red Cross
- FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
- H.U.D. in Mississippi – Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
- Insurance Information Center
- Jackson County Civil Defense – Civil Defense/Emergency Management acts as a coordinating agency during times of emergency or disaster.
- Know Your Stuff – Making a Home Inventory – Information and free software for making an inventory of your home contents.
- Mississippi Development Authority – The Mississippi Development Authority is the State of Mississippi?s lead economic and community development agency.
- Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
- Mississippi Home Corporation – The Mississippi Home Corporation is charged with raising funds from private investors to finance the acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of residential housing for persons of low to moderate income within the State.
- Mississippi Renewal Forum
- National Weather Service
- NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- NOAA Now COAST Weather Mapping and GIS System – Web mapping portal to real-time coastal observations and and NOAA forecasts. This is a new service that provides an extremely flexible and interactive combination of mapping information, weather radar, satellite imagery, and surface observations on
- NOAA Southern Regional Climate Center
- Small Business Administration – Disaster Recovery
- U.S. Fire Administration – The U.S. Fire Administration (FEMA) home page
At the beginning of hurricane season, check the status of your home insurance, flood insurance, and other plans for your property. Organize a detailed list that you can carry with you of your policy insurance number, carrier, and local and national contact as well as other important contacts and accounts, such as your bank. Update your list of home contents, and create a non-perishable food and water supply and an emergency kit (see below) that includes matches, a medical kit, flash light, radio, batteries, and bug spray.
Know where your house, and the access roads to your home, are located on floodplain maps. Consider flooding, storm surges, and wind. If you are in your home during an emergency, locate a structurally sound room with outside access should you need to evacuate; also know safe buildings in your neighborhood to which you could evacuate. If you are in an area without easy outside access, keep a tool on hand, such as an ax, that could be used in evacuation.
Have a preset escape route and location where you will rendezvous with family and friends. Keeping this location within fifty (50) miles will better ensure that persons can reach that location. Have with you a contact list and one person out-of-state who is designated to be the point of contact for your family. Remember to educate your children on using 9-1-1 in case of an emergency, as well.
Know what to do with your pets. These important members of your family may not be welcomed at rental facilities, shelters, and motels but still may need a home away from home. Be certain that they are up-to-date with vaccinations and medications and that you have proof of this. Carry a photo of the pet should you be separated, put an identification collar on the animal, and have an appropriately sized pet carrier handy.
Water: An average person will need to consume one gallon per day. Have extra supplies available for cleanliness, and maintain a supply for at least three days. Also, fill sinks and bathtubs prior to an expected emergency for extra supplies.
Food: Again, have enough available for no less than three days. You will need to consider a non-electric can opener, cooking utensils and tools, fuel, coolers with ice for perishable items, and disposable plates and flatware. Have food for meals and snacks and for infants and elderly, if applicable. Also, purchase pet items.
Bedding: Pillows, sheets, and sleeping bags may come in handy if you need to evacuate your bedroom or home.
Clothing: Pack at least one change of clothes and a towel. Include closed-toed shoes like boots and socks. Consider packing items in plastic bags and keeping a rain jacket available should you encounter heavy rains or flooding.
Medicine: This includes first aide items in addition to prescription medications.
Hygiene: Seal toilet paper in a plastic container. Include disinfecting wipes and liquids, baby wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, and nail clippers.
Hardware: Batteries, flashlights, a radio, and a non-electrical wall phone or a mobile phone are essential. If available, a generator and extension cord also is useful.
Fuel: Five (5) gallon containers for gasoline are convenient storage items for extra gasoline as shortages may occur following an emergency. Also consider having extra vehicle oil, propane, and firewood.
Money: Have on hand a small supply of cash in small bills and credit cards.
Documents: Secure identification documents in a waterproof and preferably fireproof container or place items in your safe deposit box. Include insurance, passports, medical records, bank accounts, and your Social Security card. Keep at least one form of identification on you at all times, such as your driver’s license or state identification.
Tools: Depending on the severity of the situation, tool needs may vary. For example, if you live in the floodplain, keeping an ax in the attic or in a readily available area would be wise. Also, sharpen your chainsaw and lawnmower blade every spring or after heavy use.
Security begins with your preparedness plan. If this is your first hurricane season, or if you are needing new materials, consider the highest priority item purchases prior to hurricane season to alleviate upfront costs.
Walk around your house and outside structures and evaluate areas where wind and water may enter. Also, you may need to have someone inspect your roof for any signs of weakness. Strap down roof and wall connections and lighter outside buildings like portable buildings and sheds. Shutter windows and glass doors, but always leave exits accessible. Bolt doors that may swing open, and see if your garage door can be fitted with bracing and support.
Collect outside items such as garbage containers, bicycles, patio furniture, and potted plants, and move them inside to a secure location. Remember, loose and lightweight items may be moved with great force during a hurricane and can be a danger to property.
Inspect trees and shrubs for dead growth. Have these items removed prior to hurricane season.
Evacuating in the approach of a threat often is the safest option. View evacuation maps for the closest route, fuel up your vehicle, and notify neighbors and family of your plan. If possible, exchange contact information with someone who will stay locally, and notify your public safety officers. Locate a place to stay overnight, and ensure that your pets are cared for if they cannot go with you.
These are lists of shelter locations only. Individual shelters will be opened according to needs and circumstances. Opening times will be announced as needed.
*Special needs patients must pre-register by calling Donald Langham at 769-3111. Special needs patients are oxygen dependant or have other medical needs that do not require hospitalization, and have a care giver. People who are elderly only will need to shelter in the general population shelters listed below.
The following is a list of current shelters in the Southeast Mississippi Region:
|East Central HS||21700 Slider Rd||Hurley||628|
|Latimer Comm Ctr||10908 Daisy Vestry Rd||Ocean Springs||125|
Tropical Storm or Category 1 Shelters
|Moss Point HS||4913 Weems St||Moss Point||525|
|St Martin HS Blue||10800 Yellow Jacket Rd||Ocean Springs||495|
|St Martin HS Gold||10800 Yellow Jacket Rd||Ocean Springs||467|
|East Central Community Center||4300 Hwy 614||Moss Point||150|
|Jackson County Civic Center||Pascagoula||475|
|Gautier Convention Center||Gautier||62|
|Larue Community Center||30|
|Vestry Community Center||30|
|St Martin Community Center||Ocean Springs||85|
|New Life Church||Hwy 90 East||67|
|Riverfront Community Center||Moss Point||85|
Shelter Transportation will be available 36-30 hours before landfall.
General Population – Pre-registration is not required (228.818.4438).
Special Needs – Pre-registration is required (228.769.3111).
Animal shelter officials will be present at each shelter to transport animals to the animal shelter in Gautier. The Jackson County Pet Shelter (228.497.6350) will be at 4400 Audubon Dr Gautier, MS 39553.
Flood Prone Areas
Note: There may be other affected areas/streets that are not listed below.
All bridges must be inspected after water recedes before they can be reopend.
|Area/Street Name||Area/Street Name|
|Chicopea Trace||Hanshaw Bridge|
|Cumberland||Heron Bayou Bridge at Old Spanish Trail|
|Davis Bayou Bridge at Government||US Hwy 90 Eastbound at MS Hwy 609|
|Eagle Nest||Holcomb Bridge|
|Eagle Point||Hudson Road|
|East Beach||Kensington Bridge|
|Evergreen Cemetery||Lovers Lane|
|Forrest Hill||Pine Drive Bridge|
|Front Beach||Rayburn at DeSoto|
|Halstead Road Bridge||Shearwater|
Welcome to the Emergency Management Department
Nate Wilson, Director
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
The Emergency Management Department provides protection for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Ocean Springs. This is accomplished through effective contingency planning, disaster event coordination of local and state agencies, all hazards public education, disaster training and exercises for emergency responders, and is accomplished throughout the four phases of Emergency Management: 1) Preparedness, 2) Response, 3) Recovery, and 4) Mitigation.
Ocean Springs Emergency Bulletins
In the event of an emergency situation in Ocean Springs, an Emergency Bulletin system will be placed into operation on this site. Bulletins will be listed under a red banner heading at the top of the main web page.