Mississippi opens a Medical Needs Shelter in Wiggins

WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi State Department of Health has opened a state Medical Needs Shelter in Wiggins.

The state-of-the-art facility is next to the Dean Griffin Memorial Airport.

The Sun Herald reports construction began on the $7.7 million shelter in 2014 and funding was provided through federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds and was made possible through partnerships with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, MEMA and other state and local partners.

Local, state and legislative officials toured the 23,416 square foot building Wednesday during the grand-opening ceremony.

The shelter is designed to withstand up to 200 mph winds, and during an emergency or disaster, it will provide medical support, shelter and refuge.