Picking up from one place and moving to another is stressful enough, especially when kids and pets are involved. So, knowing who to call or where to find information can be helpful.
Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Harrison County, as 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: www.ci.pass-christian.ms.us
Family, Children and Child Care Services
Child Care and Senior Home Care
Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.
Or you can post a caregiver job and the 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
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.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to 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 on the website 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
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 39505 | 228-897-5790
Division of Economic
Assistance — Harrison County
10260 Larkin Smith Drive
Gulfport, MS 39505 | 228-897-5600
Mississippi Early Years Network
MSCCR&R — Mississippi Gulf Coast
2226 Switzer Road-L202
Gulfport, MS 39507 | 228-897-3851
This network — offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service — can help parents who are seeking information about quality child care.
The MSCCR&R Network includes resource centers located on community college campuses, which provide parents with the opportunity to use children’s literature, puppets, art boxes, educational media, curriculum materials and other learning resources.
The network also maintains a database of information about licensed child care centers to help families locate local child care providers. For more information, visit the network’s website or call 866-706-8827.
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 out of 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.
Humane Society of South Mississippi
2615 25th Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39501 | 228-863-3354
The Humane Society of South Mississippi is the largest animal welfare organization in the state of Mississippi. In 2014, it cared for approximately 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.
Gulfport PAWS Police
Animal Welfare Shelter | 228-868-5703
The Gulfport Police Department has an animal intake facility to address animals recovered by the Gulfport Police Animal Control officers. The Gulfport Police Department will pursue placement and adoption of unclaimed animals. It does not accept surrendered animals.
Biloxi Animal Control
Harrison County Animal Control
Mississippi Animal Rescue League
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.
State of Mississippi
Department of Public Safety
Jackson, MS 39205
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
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.
Emergency Management Agency/
Nonemergency | 813-236-3800
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 Marshall | 228-832-0638
Nonemergency | 228-897-1364
Biloxi Fire Department
Nonemergency | 228-435-6200
Biloxi Police Department
Nonemergency | 228-435-6100
Nonemergency | 228-392-3525
Nonemergency | 228-396-4252
Nonemergency | 228-868-5950
Nonemergency | 228-868-5959
Nonemergency | 228-863-7292
Nonemergency | 228-863-7292
Nonemergency | 228-452-3325
Nonemergency | 228-452-3301/3302