Boat owners face Saturday morning deadline
The city this morning began notifying owners of marine craft in the city's public harbors and marinas to move their vessels no later than Saturday morning as the latest reports suggest that Biloxi and the surrounding area could begin to experience tropical storm conditions as early as Saturday afternoon.
In fact, the city is now under a hurricane warning, which means hurricane conditions are expected. As a result, the Biloxi Fire Department this afternoon will begin sounding hurricane sirens every six hours to remind residents of the pending threat.
Longer shifts: Police officers are expected to transition to 12-hour shifts, from their current 10-hour shifts, once the storm enters the Gulf of Mexico and all departments have topped off their fuel tanks for vehicles and generators. City construction sites have been ordered to secure loose materials.
Warning sirens: The Fire Department will begin sounding hurricane sirens possibly as early as 1 p.m. since a hurricane warning has been issued for Biloxi. "We'll also do it six hours later as a reminder," Fire Chief Joe Boney said.
East Biloxi: Also, Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm over seeing the infrastructure work in east Biloxi, has mobilized water pumps to detail with expected rainfall this weekend. The company also has worked to clear storm drains and is expected to removed barricades from throughout the 55-mile work zone in Biloxi.
Biloxi schools: The Biloxi Public Schools is currently observing its fall break, today through Monday, with classes resuming on Tuesday unless otherwise noted on its website. To view the Biloxi Public Schools online, click here.
Transportation: The Coast Transit Authority is prepared to assist local residents with evacuation transportation if mandatory notices are given for low-lying areas. To register for the service, click here.
City employees: The city's storm info line at 228-435-6300, which is updated regularly with a recorded message, also contains information for city employee work schedules and other advisories.
Sand bags: Self-serve sand bags are available at Biloxi Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road instead of Station 9 on Oaklawn Road. Self-serve sand bags are still available at Cavalier Park, 2059 Lawrence St.; Popp's Ferry Recreational Soccer Fields, 2150 Popp's Ferry Road; and Todd Migues Park, 425 Parker St. Each site has shovels available for use.