On our Facebook Live feed with Sheriff Derrick Palmer, we discussed the opening of emergency shelters should the need arise. That with be handled by the Department of Social Services. Also ... The Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service is immediately waiving fees and making all campgrounds available for individuals displaced by the recent and forthcoming hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma.
Many National Forests were impacted by the recent storms and as a result, some of the region's campgrounds are closed. National Forest staff are monitoring Hurricane Irma closely and may close additional campgrounds in the predicted path of the storm to ensure the safety of the public and employees.
Please call ahead or check websites to determine what is open and available. Also, individuals requesting campsites need to check in with campground hosts at each site.
For more information on campgrounds in the Southern Region, please visit the respective forest's website:
National Forests and Grasslands in Texas- (936) 639-8501
Kisatchie National Forest- (318) 473-7160
National Forests in Mississippi- (601) 965-1600
National Forests in Alabama- (334) 832-4470
National Forests in Florida-(850) 523-8500
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest-(770) 297-3000
Ouachita National Forest - (501) 321-5202
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests- (479) 964-7200
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area- (800) 525-7077
Daniel Boone National Forest- (859) 745-3100
Cherokee National Forest- (423) 476-9700
National Forests in North Carolina- (828) 257-4200
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests- (803) 561-4000
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests- (540) 265-5100