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Adams County board opens storm shelter
from Staff Reports - NEWS
January 17, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The Adams County Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the frigid weather and is opening the county storm shelter for people who need a place to stay during the freeze.

While the facility on Liberty Road by Natchez High School is mainly intended as a safe room for people to evade tornadoes and stay briefly, county supervisors decided to open its doors for anyone without homes or warmth to stay until Friday. Temperatures were predicted to plunge into the teens Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Adams County emergency management director Brad Bradford has said the storm shelter is not suitable as an extended-stay homeless shelter. He noted the building has limited accommodations for people staying more than 24 hours. It has no shower facilities.

However – with Natchez-Adams County without a full-time homeless shelter – supervisors insisted the county-owned storm shelter be opened and manned 24 hours a day until Friday.

Zion Chapel AME Church is also offering shelter to the area’s homeless during the deep freeze. The church, located on the corner of Martin Luther King and Jefferson streets, is asking for donations of various items such as bed sheets, towels, toilet paper and canned food. Donations can be delivered at the church’s back door by its parking lot.

With the absence of a permanent area homeless shelter, Bradford has asked the Adams County and Natchez governing boards to create a committee to find a location and come up with money to pay for a fully operational facility. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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