Red Cross Opens Shelters in Forrest and Jones Counties

Flowood, Miss., Jan. 3, 2019 – The American Red Cross along with its sheltering partner, Mississippi Department of Human Services, are operating two shelters due to ongoing rainfall that is expected to cause more flash-flooding and flooding.

The following shelter sites are open to the public:

Forrest County – Petal Civic Center, 712A South Main St., Petal, 39465

Jones County – Jones County Safe Room 361 Shelter, 1457 Ellisville Blvd., Laurel, 39440

The following shelter will close tomorrow, Jan. 4, at noon:

Clarke County – Shubuta Senior Citizen Community Center, 183 Station-Eucutta Road, Shubuta, 39360

Red Cross evacuation centers/shelters provide a safe place to stay for those who have evacuated their home. These sites typically are only meant to house people for 12-72 hours. Because these centers/shelters must open quickly, it may not be possible to provide a cot and blanket for each person and it may not be practical to move in supplies for such a short-term.


Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

Prescriptions and emergency medications

Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements

Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents

Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items

Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys

Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you

Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

The Red Cross continues to assist people impacted by recent severe weather that moved through Mississippi beginning on December 27.  Those who need assistance with disaster-caused needs can call 1-800-REDCROSS. 

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMiss.