FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 14, 2004

GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR URGES MISSISSIPPIANS IN SOUTH MISSISSIPPI TO EVACUATE DUE TO HURRICANE IVAN

(Jackson, Miss.) - Governor Haley Barbour today urged Mississippians in the state's three coastal counties to evacuate immediately in anticipation of Hurricane Ivan's arrival, scheduled for late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

"Anyone below I-10 needs to go north," said Governor Barbour during a press briefing at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. "This is a serious storm that has already killed many people. Please do not try to ride it out."

The Gulf Coast counties of Jackson, Hancock, and Harrison will be enforcing mandatory evacuations. The Governor said people in low-lying areas and in mobile homes especially need to take precautions.

Governor Barbour also urged Mississippians across the state to pitch in and help. "Hundreds and thousands of people live on the Gulf Coast and we currently only have shelters for 80,000," said Governor Barbour. "This is the time when Mississippians, especially those who live north of I-20, need to open their homes to family and friends during this time of need."

The following American Red Cross shelters are open (other shelters will be opening):

· Crossgates United Methodist Church, 21 Crossgates Drive, Brandon
· Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3223 Poplar Springs Drive, Meridian
· Moselle Memorial Baptist Church, 62 U.S. 11 South, Moselle
· Faith Presbyterian Church, 400 Magee Drive, Brookhaven
· Calvary Baptist Church, 2878 Old Highway 27, Vicksburg

While residents leave the area seeking shelter, approximately 1,000 members of the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard will begin moving to South Mississippi tomorrow to provide support such as search and rescue, evacuation of people from homes, clearing of trees and debris, and assistance to local and state law enforcement agencies.

 


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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741