STATE OPINION: Finish the hurricane shelters; the prime season has arrived

By The Mississippi Press, Pascagoula

As we enter the peak of hurricane season, it’s hard to tell which is more disappointing: the fact that five storm shelters in Jackson and George counties are still under construction, or the lack of urgency to get these important projects finished.
We’ve been fortunate no storms have come our way thus far this year, but if we get hit and these shelters aren’t ready to use, public safety is jeopardized.
George County supervisors learned last week that two shelters – one in Agricola and one in Benndale – that were supposed to be completed by August will not be ready until the end of the month.
Three Jackson County shelters – in the Hurley- Big Point area, St. Martin and Vancleave – were originally supposed to open in spring.
They still are not ready…
Supervisors need to hold the feet of every contractor and subcontractor to the fire to expedite the completion of these critical projects…
It will be a terrible day if we do need them and they aren’t ready to serve their purpose. -The Mississippi Press, Pascagoula