If hurricane approaches, Gulf coasters should head north

GULFPORT — If Coast residents want to evacuate outside of their home county because of a hurricane, they’ll have to get there on their own.

In past years school buses took people to shelters in Jackson and other cities further north. This year residents can get a ride to a local shelter, but no further.

Hurricane season begins today, and emergency managers here believe there is enough shelter space in each county for people who can’t or don’t want to go further.

Harrison County already has several schools that can be used as shelters, and this year the new D’Iberville and West Harrison high schools will open as shelters if necessary. Each has its own generator and water and sewer system, and can hold up to 3,000 people.

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