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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.

Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Harrison County because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:

State of Mississippi

www.ms.gov

Harrison County

www.co.harrison.ms.us

City of Biloxi

www.biloxi.ms.us

City of D’Iberville

www.diberville.ms.us

City of Gulfport

www.gulfport-ms.gov

City of Long Beach

www.cityoflongbeachms.com

City of Pass Christian

http://pass-christian.com

FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES

Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care

www.care.com

Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults, seniors and pets and even housekeepers for your home.

Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.

The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.

Active-duty military families receive a 25 percent discount on any subscription.

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 will also help you find information on locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.

There’s also a special section for the military child covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Mississippi Department of Human Services

750 N. State St.
Jackson, MS 39202
601-359-4500
Toll free 800-345-6347
www.mdhs.state.ms.us

The Mississippi Department of Human Services’ divisions include: Aging and Adult Services, Child Support Enforcement, Communications, Community Services, Early Childhood Care & Development, Economic Assistance, Family and Children’s Services, and Youth Services. Visit the department’s website for more information.

Division of Family & Children’s Services — Harrison County

10260 Larkin Smith Drive
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-897-5790
www.co.harrison.ms.us/departments/human%20services

Division of Economic Assistance — Harrison County

10260 Larkin Smith Drive
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-897-5600
www.co.harrison.ms.us/departments/human%20services

Pets

Harrison County Family Resources Pets

Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.

  • Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your current phone number on it.
  • Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
  • Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
  • Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.

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

The 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 programs: the Parks and Recreation Program, Freshwater Fisheries Management Program, Wildlife Management Program, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Program, Law Enforcement Program and Support Services Program.

Mississippi Animal Rescue League

5221 Greenway Drive Ext.
Jackson, MS 39204
601-969-1631
www.msarl.org

The Mississippi Animal Rescue League is a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals. Chartered in 1969, the league is the largest full-service animal welfare organization in Central Mississippi providing care and basic medical services for thousands of homeless and unwanted animals each year.

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 2015, it cared for about 8,000 homeless pets. Animal control agencies from unincorporated Harrison County, as well as the cities of Biloxi, Long Beach, Pass Christian and Wiggins 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

http://harrisoncountysheriff.com/department-divisions/enforcement-division/animal-control

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 Harrison County Humane Society to house strays and animals requiring quarantine and they work diligently to return lost pets to their proper homes.

Biloxi Animal Control

228-392-0641
www.biloxi.ms.us

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services in Harrison County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association website www.msvet.org.

Safety

Harrison County Family Resources Safety

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


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