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  • Hattiesburg/Petal Tornados
    Saturday, January 21, 2017 


    Hattiesburg Public School District: All schools


    Petal School District: All schools


    Forrest County School District: Earl Travillion and Dixie Attendance Center closed


    Presbyterian Christian Schools: All schools (Preschool through 12th Grade)


    William Carey University: Main Hattiesburg campus closed; online classes continue; students will be notified about the status of other classes


    Pearl River Community College: Forrest County Center closed


  • William Carey University - Students: Please do not plan to come to campus on Sunday (Jan 22) to get your belongings. We will make an announcement when it is safe for you to return. No decision has been made about classes at this time. You will receive an update when arrangements are made. Thank you for your patience as we work to make sure campus is safe and we begin the recovery process.


    Volunteers may report to campus after 1 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 22) to help with cleanup. Please go by the facilities office to check in. Donations can be made on our website Please note "Tornado Damage Fund" on your donation. Gift cards would be helpful so students can buy what they need. Other items needed are snacks, water, toiletries, towels and bedding. With your help, Carey will rebuild stronger than ever.


    To donate to WCU, send your check to: William Carey University, Office of Advancement, 498 Tuscan Avenue, Box 141, Hattiesburg, MS, 39401.

  • Donate to the American Red Cross.

    If you want to help with immediate needs or volunteer, please contact the Red Cross at 601.582.8151 or go to the Ben McNair Center at 300 N. 12th Ave. Hattiesburg, MS.

    To immediately help feed victims of the Hattiesburg/Petal Tornado, Extra Table will be sending food bundles to their three local agencies— Edwards Street Fellowship Center, Christian Services, and the Petal Children’s Task Force to help feed victims of this devastating tornado.

    100% of all money donated will go to purchase healthy food for those who have been impacted and displaced.

    “There is a lot of assistance that is needed for people whose homes have been destroyed and damaged. Food is the most basic need. We thank everyone who is helping in the relief efforts.” —Robert St. John, founder of Extra Table

    To make an online donation, visit  and click “Tornado Relief Hattiesburg/Petal” in the drop-down menu.

    For more information, contact Mike Dixon, Executive Director of Extra Table at 601-264-0672


    The PineBelt Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 that was established in 1997.  All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.  To help, please donate by writing a check to The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation and put in the memo line: “Disaster Fund” and send the check to 1507 Hardy Street, Suite 208, Hattiesburg, MS  39401.  Donations can also be made directly through the website: Again, indicate “disaster fund” in the message line.

    For more information about The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation call 601.583.6180.



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  • Emergency Info 

    Highway conditions can be found at

    Click Resources, then MDOT Traffic Alerts or MS Weather

    Students and Public can go to
    For JCJC emergency information.

    Call Dixie Electric at any of the following numbers to report an outage: (601) 425-2535 in Laurel; (601) 583-1131 in Petal; (601) 735-2072 in Waynesboro; 888-465-9209 toll free.