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State of Mississippi

Department of Public Safety

P.O. 958
Jackson, MS 39205
601-987-1212
www.dps.state.ms.us

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety provides information on road conditions, the state highway patrol, a most-wanted list, a sex offender registry and contact numbers.

MDPS divisions include: Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Homeland Security, Mississippi Crime Lab, Medical Examiner, Office of Administrative Operations, Law Enforcement Officer’s Training Academy, Public Safety Planning and Motor Carrier Safety.

Office of Homeland Security

1230 Raymond Road
Jackson, MS 39204
601-346-1500
www.homelandsecurity.ms.gov

The Mississippi Office of Homeland Security leads a multi-agency task force that aims to prevent terrorist attacks within the state, reduce its vulnerability to terrorism or any disaster that may occur, minimize damage and support the recovery from any events that occur.

Division of Emergency Management

Nonemergency 866-519-6362
www.msema.org

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is tasked with coordinating activities that will save lives, protect property and reduce suffering of Mississippi’s citizens and their communities impacted by disasters through a comprehensive and integrated program of disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation initiatives.

Harrison County

Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security

Nonemergency 228-865-4002
www.co.harrison.ms.us/departments/ema

The Harrison County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for preparing for any natural, technological or man-made emergency or disaster that threatens life, property or the environment of the citizens of the county. Visit the office’s website for a list of shelters, hurricane information and more.

Fire Service

Fire Marshall 228-832-0638
www.co.harrison.ms.us/departments/fire%20services

Sheriff’s Office

Nonemergency 228-897-1364
www.harrisoncountysheriff.com

Biloxi

Fire Department

Nonemergency 228-435-6200
www.biloxi.ms.us/departments/fire-department

Police Department

Nonemergency 228-435-6100
www.biloxi.ms.us/departments/police-department

D’Iberville

Fire Department

Nonemergency 228-392-3525
www.diberville.ms.us/fire-department

Police Department

Nonemergency 228-396-4252
www.diberville.ms.us/city-of-diberville-police-department

Gulfport

Fire Department

Nonemergency 228-868-5950
www.gulfport-ms.gov/notices/fire

Police Department

Nonemergency 228-868-5959
www.gulfport-ms.gov/police

Long Beach

Fire Department

Nonemergency 228-863-7292
www.cityoflongbeachms.com/citydirectory.htm

Police Department

Nonemergency 228-863-1985
www.cityoflongbeachms.com/citydirectory.htm

Pass Christian

Fire Department

Nonemergency 228-452-3325
www.ci.pass-christian.ms.us/fire.html

Police Department

Nonemergency 228-452-3301/3302
www.ci.pass-christian.ms.us/police.html

In Harrison County

Harrison County Family Resources in Harrison County

 

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

American Red Cross

www.redcross.org 

The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.

The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.

Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This key Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.

The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.

Armed Services YMCA

www.asymca.org 

The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Ys and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.

It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.

Signature programs include: Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.

Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.

Child Care Aware

www.childcareaware.org 

Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.

The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care fee assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.

Military OneSource

www.militaryonesource.mil 

Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff — deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you will always be in the loop.

Mississippi Department of Human Services

Harrison County Office

10260 Larkin Smith Road Gulfport, MS 39503

...............................................................................228-897-5600

www.co.harrison.ms.us/departments/human%20services 

The Mississippi Department of Human Services’ divisions include: Aging and Adult Services, Child Support, Community Services, Early Childhood Care & Development, Economic Assistance, Workforce Development and Youth Services.

The department’s Harrison county office offers many services in those areas to those in need. Economic assistance is given in the form of food stamps, money payments and training services for employment opportunities. Family and children services include child support enforcement, child and vulnerable adult protective services, foster care and adoption placement services, and education and prevention activities for at-risk families.

Visit the department’s website for more information on services and programs.

Operation Homefront

www.operationhomefront.org 

Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.

Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help and that is why Hearts of Valor was formed.

Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.

Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.

United Service Organization

www.uso.org 

Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.

The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.

Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.

Pets

Harrison County Family Resources Pets

 

Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.

In Mississippi, your pet faces many outside dangers, such as wildlife creatures. Raccoons, possums and armadillos, which are found throughout the county, are clever and can adapt to many situations. However, they can be destructive to your home and transmit disease to pets and humans. Snakes such as black rat snakes, copperheads and rattlesnakes are also known to coexist around homes and buildings. Keep your dog on a short leash and within eyesight outdoors.

Animal Services

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

1505 Eastover Drive Jackson, MS 39211

......................................................................................601-432-2400

Wildlife Help Desk.............................................................601-432-2199

www.mdwfp.com 

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is responsible for programs protecting Mississippi fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, as well as administering 25 state parks. The agency issues hunting and fishing licenses, advises on habitat protection and sponsors public education programs. It is also responsible for enforcement of Mississippi’s fish, game and wildlife laws. The department operates six bureaus: law enforcement, freshwater fisheries, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, state parks, support services and wildlife. The website also offers tips about living with many of the animals across the state.

Humane Society of South Mississippi

2615 25th Ave. Gulfport, MS 39501

.....................................................................................228-863-3354

www.hssm.org 

The Humane Society of South Mississippi is the largest animal welfare organization in the state of Mississippi. In 2017, it cared for about 8,000 homeless pets. Animal control agencies from Harrison County bring stray pets to HSSM. Visit the society’s website for information on adoption, locating a lost pet, low-cost microchips and more.

Harrison County Animal Control

.....................................................................................228-897-1364

https://tinyurl.com/y8k9k7qh 

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department provides animal control officers for all unincorporated areas of the county. The animal control officers work closely with the humane society to house strays and animals requiring quarantine and work diligently to return lost pets to their proper homes.

Biloxi Animal Control

....................................................................................228-392-0641

www.biloxi.ms.us 

To report stray or dead animals and leash-law violations, call the nonemergency line of the Biloxi Police Department.

Gulfport Animal Control

....................................................................................228-868-5959

www.gulfportpolice.net 

Animal control issues in Gulfport are handled by the Gulfport Police Department.

Long Beach Animal Control

....................................................................................228-863-7292

www.cityoflongbeachms.info/animals-pets 

The Long Beach Police Department’s Animal Control Division has information on programs for promoting responsible pet ownership, pet adoptions and enforcing animal control ordinances.

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services in Harrison County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association website www.msvet.org.

Pets for Patriots

https://petsforpatriots.org 

Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.

To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.

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