Officials offer cold weather tips ahead of frigid weather

With a winter blast of cold air heading our way this week, we checked in with Harrison County EMA Director Matt Stratton on how to prepare for the frigid temperatures.

First of all, it’s essential to stay warm both inside and when you head outside. Having layers of dry clothes on including hats and gloves and socks will be crucial.

Cold weather shelters will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday starting at 5 p.m.

If you are staying home, there are tips you need to know if using fireplaces or space heaters such as making sure your chimney is clean and unobstructed and keeping space heaters away from other objects. Stratton said, “Winterize your home. Make sure that if you are going to be using space heaters or fireplaces or other things that you’re doing that safely – that things are properly situated and ventilated – and making sure that you’re not causing problems by having some kind of heating incident.”

The cold weather shelter at Kenny Fournier Multipurpose Center on Automall Parkway in D’Iberville will open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. CTA will provide transportation.

In Gulfport, the Salvation Army Center of Hope will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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