- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Forrest County emergency management officials have instituted a safe room to provide temporary shelter for residents during periods of severe weather.

During Monday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Emergency Management Agency director Glen Moore discussed with the board the particulars of the safe room located near the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1MPGsKf) the room will be open during tornado watches or severe thunderstorm watches, and will be available for the duration of the watch period.

When possible, the Safe Room will be staffed by two employees and a paid firefighter. A sheriff’s deputy will be assigned to provide security for the room, which has the capacity to accommodate about 370 people.

In addition, emergency officials will request a hand from Red Cross volunteers during times the safe room is open.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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