911 offices moving out for weekend construction work

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 10, 2000

Emergency 911 services will be displaced temporarily for the weekend, but it will be business as usual at the makeshift home.

Emergency 911 director Lynn Marsalis said the move is necessary because asbestos is under the floor in the 911 office in the basement of the new courthouse.

“They are going to tear the floor up and replace it,” Marsalis said.

He emphasized that everyone should continue to dial 911 for all emergencies.

“The public won’t even know that we have moved,” he said.

Marsalis said officials have been aware of the asbestos for some time.

“Asbestos is not a hazard if it is intact, but since it will be disturbed we want to make sure there is no chance of employee exposure to a health hazard,” Marsalis said.

Today, Saturday and Sunday the dispatchers and some of the equipment will be moved to a 35-foot camper-trailer. The trailer is used as a mobile command post for city and county law enforcement and the fire department.

The trailer, which was donated by Vicksburg Warren County Emergency Management, was first put to use in April during Riverfest. Emergency management received the trailer from the state civil defense.

Marsalis said a permanent alternative home for 911 services is being planned right now.

“This will be a good test for us to see exactly what we need,” he said.