Oktibbeha EMA, Starkville police share storm shelter locations

There are several locations in Oktibbeha County for people to seek shelter from storms.

Posted: Apr 17, 2019 8:43 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2019 2:48 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Oktibbeha County EMA Director Kristen Campanella and Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols discussed possible storm shelter locations for residents who may be caught in a storm away from home.

Nichols said the First Baptist and First United Methodist churches on Lampkin Street welcome people who are seeking shelter in the downtown area.

He also said the Starkville Police Department, located across the street from First Baptist Church, can provide shelter to those who have nowhere to go during severe weather.

He estimates the basement area could accommodate about 20-30 people. 

Campanella said the storm shelter at the intersection of Lynn Lane and Industrial Park Road is still under construction.

She estimates the building might be finished by this summer in July.

Oktibbeha County EMA officials assessed damage in Craig Springs and Sturgis this week with a representative from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

They are expected to present pictures and updates at a special called board meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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